I’m still processing through my time at TEDxSanDiego. I haven’t even looked at my notes yet. As I wrote a few days ago – my mind is still full.
One of my friends asked me what my take-aways were. This first was simple – Everyone wants to change the world, but not everyone has a plan.
But the second thing that stood out to me was that most of the presentations and commercials from the sponsors really relied heavily on metrics. Everything needed a number. Everything was more important or more effective because of a higher number. Success was determined by numbers. Like Brene Brown says – TED is the failure conference. So that translates to many of the talks and presentations revolving around how people succeeded. The metrics were the way to measure it.
The null curriculum here – the stuff that was not said – is that Life = Metrics. If you’re not measuring your success with numbers then you’re just not doing well. I think it also communicates that Life is no longer Organic.
Now, this is my take away. This is an idea that I thought of in light of my time there. I can’t point to any one presenter sharing this idea – it’s just my 2nd overall take away.
Do you see metrics in your life? Do you see how success needs to be measured in order for it to be true? Just curious.