Hill climbing won’t reach a new hill. With local optimizations you can only solve local problems.

It’s good to explore around your immediate space to understand how much a local adjustment could improve things. How high is this hill and how can I climb it? Some of those changes are worth making; others would yield diminishing returns.

But you just can’t locally address a complaint about your situation if it’s pervasive in that local space. To recognize that you need to zoom out, and to change it you need to get out. So you have to experiment beyond your comfort zone, or you may remain quite stuck with your most longstanding problems.

04 Jan 2022