The Study is a concept to find out "the best" by testing thingsThe study of which method works best is actually an ancient method that predates the Roman and Greek civilizations. It is a simple test to see if method A or method B works better.

A couple days again, I was relating the story of Daniel from the bible. There were a couple of comments from people asking me how the story turned out of “the study” that Daniel asked his boss for.

If you recall, Daniel and his buddies were taken captive when their country was taken over by the super-power of the period. Daniel had some nobility in him, so he was given a job to work in the palace of the king that conquered his country.

Thinking about it, the new job was a bit of a slap in the face. In a modern day equivalent, it would be like you being an executive in a medium-size company, and then having a hostile take-over by a larger corporation. The new boss says to you, if you want to keep receiving a paycheck, I have a new job for you. You will be my personal janitor in the executive office complex while you learn our new systems.

Daniel had no choice, as he was a slave. But because of that, he got fed by the “company.” He didn’t get a choice really on what to eat, and the food they offered him was repugnant to him. While it was the same stuff that the King ate, Daniel only ate kosher foods, and there was probably a lot of pork in the king’s diet.

Being that Daniel was fairly smart, he politely asked his supervisor for a ten-day test. In the study, he and his closest friends would go on a vegetarian diet, with only water to drink. After ten days, they asked to be compared to the rest of the slaves that got the healthy portions of meat for their meals.

So what was the result of the test? Here is what the Bible says:

At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead. Daniel 1:15-16 (NIV)

Those must have been some miraculous veggies, that after 10 days they looked better than everyone around them. It might have been the wholesome food, or it might have been the placebo effect that my friend Mike Casey talks about in his article about the power of the mind to make transformational changes to the human body.

The important thing was the test was successful. In the end, Daniel and his friends were allowed to eat the food that made them look better nourished.

What is there to learn from this story of “the study?” Some people take away from this that we should all become vegetarians. What is more interesting to me is that the bible once again has a tried-and-true business concept in it: a simple process-test to find out which method works better. Testing things is a biblical concept and is another way to make money, God’s way.

We don’t look often to the bible for business advice, but maybe there is something to it. Makes you scratch your head and wonder what other business advice we might discover in it. Right?

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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  • http://www.childrenswealth.com Dale Bell

    I really like the way you used the story of Daniel to show how important it is to test ideas in business. I always have good ideas until I test them thats all they are and alot of the time they are not all that good.

  • http://www.yourchanceforromance.com Sonya Lenzo

    For people who are concerned about doing things God way the idea of trying it and seeing what happens is always interesting. My father was a minister and he would encourage people to tithe and see how they were blessed…
    Sonya Lenzo
    http://www.yourchanceforromance.com

  • http://www.simplesurvivalguide.com Rob Northrup

    What works for one might not work for another.

    It is important to try things out and find what fits you.

    Seize the Day,
    Rob

    Simple Family Survival Tips For Disasters and Emergencies

  • http://www.scottbellconsultant.com Scott Sylvan Bell

    Testing for everything is key, pricing strategies, marketing, hiring just about everything. if you even wanted to you could even test if you want to be a vegetarian or a carnivore.
    Scott Sylvan Bell
    Now go implement!

  • http://www.directsellingadvice.com Mark

    I think another important lesson is in the selection of the participants in the test. In this case Daniel selected people of similar value and beliefs as himself. He wasn’t looking to ‘convert to’ but instead to ‘validate’ his diet.

    Mark
    Direct Selling Advice, Leveraging Relationships for Long-term Profit

  • http://wwww.babysittingworld.com Lisa McLellan

    I would love to have seen how those guys looked after 10 days without meat. Actually, I think that might have been true, but I think it is years of not getting enough protein that starts to make you look pale and sickly.

    Lisa McLellan
    Babysitting Services, Nanny Services, and Nanny agencies

  • http://TheSuccessSecrets.net Michael D Walker

    Who knew the first recorded case of split testing was in the Bible!

    Thanks for sharing your insights on this.

    Michael
    The Success Secrets

  • http://www.aprilbraswell.com/christiandatingandrelationshipexpert.html Christian Dating Expert

    Hi Tim,

    as in love and business, we really can be tried tested and true with proven methodologies, yes?

    Yes, no need to become vegetarian. Demonstrating your worth to your boss The King sounds like it is best.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Christian Dating Expert and Coach

  • Austin

    This is even used in Hypermiling on Ecomodder.com. People will do A-B-A-B testing such as seeing what tire pressure a vehicle achieves the most fuel-efficiency at; 35-45-35-45, on a set course at the same speed and same temperature with the car warmed up enough.

  • Austin

    Tim, The link to Mike Casey’s site didn’t work for me. Is the link dead?