ZEN+ : Helping you Stay Young and Age Well

A simple technique to make better and more informed decisions

By Marcus Santer

A love of computer games isn’t the best reason to study a computer science degree.

But it was the best I had.

Not that I felt I had many options to be honest.

And compared to becoming a male stripper it seemed like a good idea.

An idea formulated under the influence of malnutrition… Acquired whilst hitch-hiking around Europe.


I say Europe, but it was only France.

How come?

Ask me next time you see me and I’ll give you as many of the gory details as you can stomach.


Where was I?

Ah yes, I was about to lay some heavy duty computer geekness upon you =)

It was during my time at Bradford University studying for my BSc (Hons) degree in Computing and Information systems science that I was introduced to the technique of 3 point estimation.

3 point what?

Well, in a nutshell it’s where you work out the:

  1. Best case estimation
  2. Most likely case estimation
  3. Worse case estimation

For an event and then using the kinda maths I’ve long since forgotten how to use due to decades of neglect – you can get a probability distribution for the outcome of future events from very limited information.

Fascinating stuff huh?

The correct answer to that question is: Yes Marcus.

Because I think you can use a simplified version of this technique to help you:

And so on.


Blimey, you’re making me work for my money today…

Okay, here’s what you do…

Using your imagination, best guesses and previous experience simply work out:

For whatever you’re thinking of doing.

Here’s an example.

I like to experiment on myself.

Which means before I recommend anything to you, where possible, I like to test-drive it on myself first.

And the day after my 44th birthday I took part in a new experiment – I’ll reveal everything in next September’s ZEN+ Journal – but before doing so I used the simplified 3 point estimate technique I’ve mentioned.

This is how I used it:

Question: Should I spend the next month experimenting with X? <--- 'X' will be revealed in The Journal

What’s the best case scenario?

What’s the most likely scenario?

What’s the worst case scenario?

Question: Based on these scenario’s… Do I accept the mission or not?

The answer in this example was yes.

And what happened next will be shared with my wonderful inner circle: ZEN+ Journal readers.

This simple technique can help you to gain clarity around important decisions.

It can help you to see clearly if a particular course of action is in your best interests and I’ve even known it to produce other options I’d never previously considered.

It’s a powerful tool and I invite you to use it.

Bye for now


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