I love metrics. Specifically, I appreciate being able to develop ways to measure the world around me in ways that put it more in perspective.
Some time not too long ago, I realized that most of the units of measure I was using in my life were not all that worthwhile in the grand scheme:
- Dollars earned
- E-mails responded to daily
- Football teams followed
I began thinking of different ways I could measure my life that were much more meaningful, and that I could build a livelihood around. Unfortunately, I found that this was a very hard task. Much harder than I expected. There are certainly any number of ways to add value to society, but finding a convergence between adding true value and making a livelihood is another thing altogether.
As I began talking about it with friends and associates, I realized I’m not at all alone. Countless people I’ve met since this thought exercise began have told me that they would love to know how to translate the professional skills they’ve developed over time into a larger contribution. Whether the core competency is in writing flawless code, stamping out perfectly-uniform widgets, or playing a beautiful, soaring ballad, each should be translatable into an application of good that’s measurable and scalable. The question is how we each can make that transition and drive to that scale.
The purpose of this blog is to provide a means to capture, review, and discuss different personal units of measure that have meaning for the world, and can at the same time be the focus of a livelihood. Please provide whatever feedback you have. It’s always welcome.