Don’t improve only what can be measured

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Those who believe that what you cannot quantify does not exist also believe that what you can quantify, does.

Aaron Haspel

Too often, people get lost in that they can measure something, which means they need to do it and then, as a logical follow-up, start to improve it.

Should you?

No, you should not. As with many things, the fact that you can do something doesn’t mean you have to do it. Of course, everything could be better, but should it? Does it make a fundamental difference from the current state? Or is this just an ego or perfectionism drive that wants to make everything as perfect as possible?

Moreover, some things cannot be easily measured yet still matter. For instance, how do you measure the quality of a conversation, the impact of an experience on someone’s life, or the value of a human connection?

Keep a wide view

Focusing solely on measurable factors can also lead to a narrow and incomplete view of reality. It can overlook intangible factors that may be critical to understanding a situation fully.

Instead of always improving what can be measured, we should also consider what cannot be measured but still matters. This includes subjective experiences, emotions, values, and relationships.

Improving what can be measured is important, but it should not come at the cost of neglecting life’s intangible and immeasurable aspects. We need to embrace both the quantitative and qualitative sides of things to have a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the world around us.

By striking a balance between what can be measured and what cannot, we can achieve a more meaningful approach to improvement.

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