In the last two or three years, I’ve done a lot of research into long-lasting companies, long-lasting fitness and long-lasting ‘change‘ in general.
Some books that come highly recommended in terms of finding long-term success, that far outweigh (in terms of practicality) that of most so-called, ‘self-help’ books, are books that feature some long-term studies and mostly pattern observations, within long-term successes.
I think specifically useful — though many analysts and statisticians would probably disagree with me — are qualitative observations, which due to their nature are incredibly difficult to quantify but perhaps 2-3 times as important as the more commonly used quantitative observations — things like stats, graphs, figures, etc… Continue reading The 13 Virtues of Benjamin Franklin
As I’m building a web app myself and hopefully several more to follow that build off of that system in the realms of the iPhone, iPad, and probably Android, I can’t help but notice the competition in the field of tracking applications.
There are hundreds of them.
There are apps for tracking everything, calorie counters, energy expenditure counters, there are even apps now that claim you can track anything, or everything. The latest pitch I got was literally, “our software will track anything for you.”
This would be fine I suppose for the data centric entrepreneur or individual, but what they almost always fail to address is the need for qualitative data.