Love is Blind: 5 Indications that Your Relationship with Quantitative Data is Unhealthy

1. Is your relationship with quantitative data exclusive?

2. Are you unwilling to recognize flaws in your quantitative data or in your relationship?

3. Do you dress your quantitative data up and show it off to impress others, even though you don’t know it very well?

4. Do you blame quantitative data or the assessments that produced them for your own shortcomings or failures?

5. Does your relationship strip you of your confidence or leave you feeling perpetually confused or even worthless?

If you’ve said yes to even one of these questions, it may be time to seek intervention.

No, don’t feel bad. It’s easy to fall in love with quantitative data. Those tidy numbers are like a perfume, invading our senses and making us a tiny bit delusional about their perfection.

We want to believe they are the real deal.

We want to believe they have all of the answers.

We want to believe that if we treat them well, introduce them to our friends, take them out, and show them off, they’ll help us feel okay again.

Especially if we think that all is lost, and especially if we think we’re broken.

Consider this my personal public service announcement: DON’T ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE LURED INTO A CODEPENDENT RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR DATA.

There is a better way.

It’s a little bit scarier, a little less certain, and a little messier for sure.

It might require a more honest commitment from you as well.

Come by tomorrow. I’ll introduce you to qualitative data and share one strategy for forging a rewarding relationship with it.

This next series of posts will be a whole lot of fun…..

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