What this blog is about…

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.

 

Scotty Perkins

personalmeasures@gmail.com

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2 responses

19 03 2009
Mark Aaserud

Scotty,

This is great and inspiring. I really like the concept and I think more and more people are looking for a healthy perspective like this. It reminds me a little of the book Freakonomics – using analytical tools and methods to measure things not easily quantified.
I am among those that look long for something more than just making a living wage as we pass through life. I hope you are doing well, Scotty. I will bookmark this page and keep checkin’ in. Cheers!

Mark

10 12 2009
Anonymous

“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service relationship to humanity.”
-Dr. MLK Jr.

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