There are a lot of gurus in the world who claim to know how to guarantee success. I take a different and more robust approach to succeeding: I find strategies which aren’t proven to be unsuccessful, test them in my own life and see how effective they are for me.
I was inspired to this ‘falsification’ approach to poker strategy in large part by Karl Popper’s excellent text, ‘The Logic of Scientific Discovery’. However I only realized quite how useful it was to generalize it to other areas of my life when I read this quote from Michelangelo about one of his sculptures,
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
In a flash of insight I realized that one can arrive at successful strategies by chipping away one’s unsuccessful strategies.