These days, we are so inundated with information that we tend to filter much of it out. It's easy to forget that some things simply cannot be ignored.
At my annual physical, my doctor explained to me the results from my blood test. There were more numbers and detailed information than ever before. It looks at all types of cholesterol, including high density, low density, small particle, large particle, etc. While I don't pretend to fully understand the details of each nuance, I quickly scan the sheets to see if there was anything out of the normal range (thankfully there wasn't).
Whether it's blood test results, business targets, the Dow Jones Index, or grades in school, numbers reveal much. They help us communicate better, show where we are and allow us to set key goals for improved performance. Whenever you can apply a number or derive a number as part of an analysis, it can be tremendously illuminating.
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