In basketball, the scorecard is easy: Whoever scores more points in 48 minutes wins the game.
In cooking, the scorecard is slightly more complex. It includes price (how much did the ingredients cost?), time (how long does is take to make?), health (is it good for you?), and deliciousness (does it taste good?). When you master all four categories on the scorecard, you are winning at cooking.
In both basketball and cooking, it's not hard to figure out what should be on the scorecard. The metrics for success are fairly obvious.
But when it comes to life, it isn't so clear.
There is an old management maxim: "You can't improve what you don't measure." This is also true for life: We dedicate time, energy, and attention to those things that we measure.
If you don't make your own scorecard, then other people will make one for you - and it will be full of their priorities, not yours.
If you aren't willing to do the work of crafting and optimizing for your own unique scorecard then inevitably you will A) optimize for whatever is on #their scorecard or B) default to using easy-to-measure metrics like the accumulation of money.
So ... what's on your scorecard?
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