During a morning flight on the commuter route (MEL<->SYD), I started thinking about past experiences and the art of experimentation. I’m a strong believer in trying stuff out – you never really know how you feel about something or where it will lead until you get a taste for it. I like to think I’ve tried a few things out so far – and I’m pleased I did because I wouldn’t have the direction, focus and determination I do now if I didn’t. I’ve listed some of these things below and the purpose of this isn’t to demonstrate a psychedelic CV. It is an example of celebrating diversity in work and play – to celebrate and have no fear of experimentation.
After all: “There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes.” ~Richard Buckminster
- I’ve sucked saliva out of people’s mouths in a dental surgery
- I’ve styled models for bridal photo shoots
- I’ve fed and analysed Zebrafish in a cancer research institute’s aquarium
- I’ve served babychinos (with an accidental dose of caffeine!) to Sunday strollers in a bakery
- I’ve set up new homeware retail stores here and in New Zealand
- I’ve stacked shelves, photocopied reports and arranged appointments
- I’ve walked the halls of the Sydney glossy magazine world
- I’ve gone for Friday-afternoon beers with my development team and chatted about code
- I’ve interviewed international business leaders for magazine cover stories
- I’ve fed tennis balls to students as a tennis coach’s assistant
- I’ve learnt about and burnt fabrics (to test the properties) while studying fashion business
- I’ve helped round up Angus cattle on a farm
- And so on…
So, what about you? What weird and wonderful things have you tried? How did they shape where you are now?