Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted in something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. ~ Marie Curie

Genius is two percent inspiration, ninety-eight percent perspiration.  ~Thomas Alva Edison

Marie Curie spent four grueling years in her laboratory without any guarantees that her work would not be in vain.  As Albert Einstein commented, “The greatest scientific deed of her life – proving the existence of radioactive elements and isolating them – owes its accomplishment not merely to bold intuition but to a devotion and tenacity in execution under the most extreme hardships imaginable, such as the history of experimental science has not often witnessed.”

As a result of her conviction, patience and fortitude along with the support of her husband and partner Pierre Curie, Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and only one of two people ever to have been bestowed the honor more than once!

It’s important to note that the word laboratory contains the word “labor” which means ‘to work’.  The word experiment contains within it the same root of the word experience, which is defined as ‘practical contact with and observation of facts or events.’  In this great laboratory called Life we are most alive and creative when stretching ourselves to make discoveries, determinations or testing hypotheses of our own or others’ making.

The only way for evolution and growth to take place is to step out of our comfort zones, find out what works and what doesn’t – whether it be with your health, career, relationships – what sticks and what is more suitable for the literal or metaphoric trash can?  We must have a myriad of experiences – good, bad and everything in between – as they are our best teachers.  As I often tell my clients ‘you need to get your hands dirty’ – get out there, out of your bubble, out of the theory/fantasy in your head and interact with life to see what it has in store for you, how it can mold and shape you, see what you’re made of, what are your likes/dislikes and what new vistas it contains, all of which serve to make you ever stronger and wiser.

This is especially true when at a crossroads, a point of no return; when it seems like you’re at the edge of a cliff and the only option is to jump off to get to your next destination.  As scary as that feels, the fear of moving forward is far better than the dread of staying where you are at or turning back, knowing that failures, both big and small, will always beset you on this new journey in order to learn, just like an infant who at some point has to take those first steps – and fall many many times – before he’s able to confidently walk on his own.  Remember that Thomas Edison never failed; he just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work!

Just as the Founding Fathers called the formation of our nation “greatest social experiment in history”, which continues to have its share of both successes and failures since its birth, this year why not commit to seeing your life, or at least one aspect of it, as your own experiment with new actions based on sound information or solid intuition as knowledge is gained – keeping in mind that some of us are more introverted so we need to explore more outwardly, and those of us who are more extroverted, would experiment with being quiet and exploring our internal worlds.

Need a little help with your own personal or professional life research?  Give me a buzz and I’ll be the scientist that collects, analyzes and assesses the data you’ve accumulated so far, as well as take inventory of your inherent traits in order to discover (or re-discover) that which will bring you the most fulfillment and success in 2012 and beyond!


SPECIAL NOTE: In keeping with the spirit of experimentation, I will be changing up the frequency/format of Personal Growth Gab. I will be offering an original long version message like this one only once or twice a month. Don’t fret! In the interim I will continue to offer a  ‘weekly dose of thought-provoking, inspirational and entertaining helpful tidbits to keep you connected with yourself and make sense of this journey called life’ via repeats of relevant past posts interspersed with other creative pieces.

Feel free to contact me with your feedback and suggestions at any time so I know if you are diggin’ it!