Knowledge is not power. Applying knowledge is power. Learning is useless. Validated learning is everything. If there is a single skill you have to learn to be massively successful in the 21st century, it’s validated learning. It’s the only way to build a superior life strategy. The concept of validated learning comes from the lean startup. The validated learning loop helps quickly validate or reject core business hypotheses. Instead of blindly trusting your business idea, you build a minimum viable product and then use a special set of metrics to validate the effect. You build a feature, you measure the results and so you learn what to do next – persevere or pivot. The same process of learning can be extremely useful in personal life. I use it all the time, to learn extremely fast in general and to get insights into what works for me and what doesn’t.
Experimenting is fun by itself and you can enjoy many benefits doing it, but it’s also demanding and expensive. It takes a toll on your emotions, because you usually have to face a series of small failures in the beginning and you often need to invest at least some money into performing an experiment; besides time, energy and creativity, which are always needed. With rapid prototyping in personal life, you want to get to the minimum viable experience as quickly as possible using the fewest resources. Experimenting and rapid prototyping thus go hand in hand. In this article you will learn how to build awesome prototypes.
When you hear the word experiment, you probably think of a crazy scientist sitting in his laboratory and mixing some kind of chemical compounds. There also must be an explosion, I guess. While experiments are most often linked to science, they are very useful in many other disciplines, from arts to business and sports. By following the AgileLeanLife Productivity Framework, experiments should also become a very important tool in your personal life. The purpose of performing an experiment in science is very simple. You want to either see if something (an idea) works as planned and desired in a very
Much like I am innovating with applying agile and lean techniques in general to personal life, Tim Clark innovated how to use the Business Model Canvas for planing a complex career decisions and maximizing your personal value creation. He came up with a brilliant idea for a canvas named Business Model You. The canvas already helped thousands of people to clarify what they want out of their career. The idea of Business Model You is to help you with complex thinking when you want to make changes in your career. It helps you reinvent your career path by finding the best way for you as an individual to support yourself financially based on your talents, goals, needs, desires and environment.
If you want to avoid being on reactive autopilot, you have to do regular reflections. The main goal of regular reflections is to ask yourself thought-provoking questions so that you can develop a deeper level of understanding – yourself and your actions, your environment and its paradigms, and the main patterns of your key relationships. With regular reflections, you want to gain as many important insights as possible that can help you shape a superior life strategy, progress towards your goals faster and, in the end, live a better life. The good life. But that’s not all. One of the biggest values of reflection is that you can change how you see yourself, how you feel about certain situations and, in the end, how you act. New thoughts lead to new emotions and consequently to new actions. That way, regular reflections really help you stay lean, agile, flexible, happy and …
Humans get creative ideas. Humans have inspirations. Data and metrics do the validation. Instincts are experiments and data is proof. Zero always invites imagination and when you are at zero, there is a huge space for egos, opinions and arguments to fight based on assumptions. But wrong assumptions are the mother of all fuckups. That’s why every assumption and prediction needs to be tested. When you decide to put everything to the test, there is no need for an argument. You can have a heated discussion to brainstorm the best ideas and inspirations, but then you just have to do experiments to find the thing that enables you the fastest progress towards your vision and goals.
Achieving your goals and visions is never a straight line, but always a path full of detours, setbacks, step backs and adjustments. If you want to achieve your goals, you need many creative ideas for how to overcome different obstacles. You often have to innovate your way out of unexpected troubles. Doing the same things over and over again and hoping for a different result is the definition of insanity and absolutely a recipe for big failures and a lot of emotional pain. The best way to stay lean and agile while following your goals is to use the “branching and forking” principle. The principle comes from software development or, more exactly, from versioning control.
Customer Journey Mapping (CJM) is a very popular technique in business to better understand the purchasing process from a customer’s perspective. It’s especially popular for online businesses. It’s a technique that helps companies and organizations improve their customer experience and boost their sales. You can use a very similar approach to develop a superior strategy for the goals you want to achieve in your life. I call it Goal Journey Mapping (GJM) and in this article, we will focus on how to prepare a professional Goal Journey Map..
By writing "short life stories" based on your vision item list, you strive to achieve the following: With an internal dialog, you want to clarify in detail what exactly is the outcome you want and with an external dialog with all the parties involved, you can synchronize desires, plans and goals. You also want to add all the strong whys to the goal, making it your life mission and adding strong emotional power to it. You can also add list of all the gains you will enjoy by meeting a goal and all the pains you will avoid. Not to mention that short life stories can help you immediately think of implementation, they're something you can easily visualize in your head and put on your personal Kanban board. They're a great input for making a Goal Journey Map.
I’m have no doubt you’re a very curious person and that you want to try and experience many things in life. There is nothing more fulfilling than following a diverse and rich life experience. One great exercise to do is to make yourself a vision list (or a bucket list) with all the things you want to achieve in life. It can be a simple document, a notebook with pictures or even a Pinterest board. With all the items on the vision list, there is a big question of how to prioritize things you want to achieve and experience. How to decide what to follow first. Which goals should be your number one priority? Like with everything in life, I suggest that you are smart and strategic about it. You have to be one step ahead of life, instincts and randomness. This article will help you to decide which goals …