How do you measure success? How do you know which metrics to track? And how do you decide what the benchmark is for defining success? Jason Fried has a very simple but very effective method.
# No goals
I listened to Jason Fried talking on Clubhouse today answer a question about how he judges success. By success I'm talking about glory in any field. Whether that’s a work project, side hustle, or personal life.
His response was that he asks himself, “would I do it again?”.
Nothing more, nothing less. Just... would I do that again? Most of the time that yields a simple and obvious yes/no which answers nearly everything that matters.
Diving deeper into that, I think he’s onto something. I think we lose sight of the fact that metrics are an abstraction. They are an attempt to codify, rationalise or scale good judgement. BUT they are not a replacement for good judgement itself - which in itself is an intuition or a sythnesis (conscious and unconscious) of all the information that you gather doing [a thing]. Our human brains are wonderful things which manage this calculation at a level much deeper than we are probably aware.
So asking that almost primal question — would I do it again? — helps us cut through the noise of data and numbers to tap directly back into fact that we doubtless already know the answer!