Maasai warriors and culture

The Maasai tribe have roamed Tanzania and Kenya for centuries. And, given the challenges of living amidst the world’s largest lion population, the rite of passage for Maasai boys to become “warriors” was to kill a lion. This created a problem because over time, this decimated the lion population in Tanzania. It is estimated that…

Measuring what matters: Why you care about

It is not always easy to measure what matters. Sometimes, the thing that matters does not make it easy for you to measure it. The easiest path is to find a stand-in for what you care about and measure that instead. For example, websites do not actually care about how many minutes someone spends on…

Measuring what matters: Living in surplus

In our culture, it is easy to choose to live in deficit, in scarcity. To spend just a bit more money than you make, so that you are in debt. To need to drive just a bit faster than the prevailing traffic around you, so you can push every interaction. To measure yourself against someone…

Measuring what matters: How was your day?

Do you measure how a day went? If yes, how do you measure it? There are multiple options: A feeling of satisfaction / happiness Time spent on productive work Time spent on top 3 priorities Top priorities accomplished Number of To-Do-List items accomplished Time spent having fun Making someone feel better about themselves …etc. The…

Measuring what matters: Important/Measured

Does our new ability to see things with web data make the previously overlooked now visible, or are we giving weight to things merely because we' have measured them? Is something important because you measure it, or is it measured because it is important?  

Measuring what matters: Just because you can…

... does not mean you should. One of the things I have recently started to appreciate is that measuring your life on too many scales makes it difficult for your go deep on what matters. Reducing your metrics to a few things that matters, say your family life, your career and your spiritual life may…