There’s an old saying that goes something like this, “What cannot be measured cannot be improved.” This is a very simple statement with profound implications for our personal lives. It is also true in business and economics. Without accurate, reliable measurements of whatever we do, we have no frame of reference from which we can grow and improve.
Moreover, this is particularly important to improving human lives across the world. If any society truly wants to improve, the first step is to place itself within context. The leaders of that society – business leaders as well as policymakers – must know with certainty the relative position their country holds against other nations. Once a baseline or benchmark has been established, proper and reasonable goals, objectives and strategies can be developed to address our social issues and improve them.
Interestingly, at the end of the day, there’s no grand science behind making change and improving human life. The problem is this. It’s easy to sit and wait for human crises, then react and respond to them. It is a whole new way of living to be intentional, see opportunity and initiate change.
But opportunity rarely finds us. We must seek it out. When opportunity presents itself, fear keeps us from being intentional. But Seth Godin says that “you have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself.”
To help you find those trends and opportunities we have compiled four indices you can use:
- UN’s Human Development Index
- Economic Freedom Index
- Ease of Doing Business Index
- Global Competitive Report
With this information, value grows with the intentional. And, as you engage, you’ll find others will feel the need to belong. Fascinating how human behavior is, right? They will want to be led, to join you, to contribute. “We are drawn to leaders and to their ideas,” says Seth Godin, “and we can’t resist the rush of belonging and the thrill of the new.”
Your job is to make change.