Benchmarking and abstraction

I see that Seth Godin is pointing out the pitfalls of benchmarking.

We can benchmark our eyesight, our rowing speed, our memory or even our ability to come up with great ideas at a moment

2 thoughts on “Benchmarking and abstraction

  1. David St Lawrence

    As an example, I’ve stopped looking at my watch when I run. The time is not important to me. What is important is enjoying the experience. I love to see the rabbits hop in front, I love to crouch behind a tree and watch the deer in the distance and I love to change my route as I feel.

    Somedays I just don’t feel as fit as others but that doesn’t really bother me. I just stop and listen to the sounds of the forest.


    You make some excellent points. Life is so much more than the sum of our benchmark results.

  2. Ripples

    Be careful what you measure…

    Seth Godin has written an excellent post, The Curse of Great Expectations which may bring you to a screeching halt in your headlong pursuit of perfection. His opening line, I can benchmark everything now and his conclusion, The problem with


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