Be The Experimenter.
I had a t-shirt in college that was my prized possession. It read:
There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don’t.
The joke being that 10 or “one zero” in binary is actually “2” in decimal.
I’m sure if I looked hard enough, I could find my college ID from freshman year, where that shirt is featured.
The shirt is top-of-mind this morning because I saw a post on LinkedIn that made me think of it. It made me realize:
There are two types of people in the world. Those who ask for answers, and those find them.
See, the question was around what happens if you remove a connection. Do they become a follower or are they cut from your content.
I decided to answer it by trying: I removed 2 connections to see if they became followers.
They did not! My follower count decreased and the the “Message” button was replaced with “Connect,” and not “Follow Back.”
The point is this: You can either wait for answers, or you can be the experimenter.
Maybe you’re so strapped for time that it’s easier for you to just ask.
But if you’re a creator or sell a knowledge product, I strongly recommend you be the experimenter.
Some of my best content and learning moments have come from me saying, “I wonder what happens if I do…”
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