Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Log and Experiment
People like to say that the key is hard work. While hard work is certainly necessary for a successful venture in anything, I find there are two keys to success that many people fail to do, and thus fail overall. These two keys are: experimentation and tracking data.
No matter what your endeavor, it's always important to experiment and try new approaches. Constant and consistent tweaking will take your project both forward and backwards in tiny baby steps.
Then comes tracking data. With this, you can 95% ensure yourself which tweaks are taking you backwards, and which tweaks are taking you forward. Cut the bad tweaks, keep the good ones.
Such common sense right? Yet when's the last time you've seen more than a couple people do this at the gym? People don't like to do these steps because they require more hard work. And so we come full circle. Also note that each practice is pretty useless without the other.