From Time, Erik Barker writes about little bets — an experiment to test a theory that doesn’t risk losing too much.  This reminds me of Action Trumps Everything in which the authors recommend taking a small smart step, learn from the experience, and incorporate what you learned in the next step.  Little bets is a similar approach.  Erik writes:

“In order to innovate in a way that is both practical and effective you need to make “little bets.”

What’s a little bet?

A small experiment that tests a theory. It’s just big enough to give you the answer you need but not so big that it wastes too much precious time, money or resources.

Rather than going all-in on the first idea you have and risk losing everything, a little bet allows you to break out of your comfort zone and try something new knowing that if it doesn’t work out you can quickly recover and try something else….”

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