I had thought I was a dispassionate data-driven decision maker until I started working with Adam.
After working with Adam for the last few months, I realised how much I am influenced by my intuition and how often I extrapolated out from what Adam calls "early signs". I might try to solve an imaginary problem at the first whiff of a trend... and that is a terrible thing sometimes because I am not giving the data sufficient time to speak for itself.
The core issue, I think, is that I feel unnecessarily much. Sometimes, I want to hide from the data, regardless of whether they are good or bad. Every action of every user feels all too personal, you see. When someone installs VIVA, it feels like a personal victory; and when someone uninstalls VIVA, it feels like a personal defeat. I feel better to know nothing at all, so the curtain of personal achievement can continue to hang obscuring the reality outside.
My brain knows the right thing to do - open Pandora's Box, face my fears, and battle each monster one at a time. Also, try not to mix metaphors.
My heart feels differently to my brain.
I uninstalled Snapchat within an hour of downloading it. I wondered if Evan Spiegel felt a ping of disappointment when he saw that statistic.
I remind myself on a daily basis, "It's OK. VIVA isn't for everyone. The goal is to make the world a happier place, and if someone is happier not having VIVA in their life, then it is a good thing. Stay on the path."