In the Retirement and Life-Skills article series, we will be exploring a number of aspects to nurture a transformation life.
Today, we look at the power of numbers in most of the adult decisions in the things we are involved in on a daily basis: business, family, workplaces, health care, politics and places of worship; and many other aspects of life. “A number is a word and symbol representing a count.” – Robert Lamb. Whether you have ever gone to school or not, you have an idea of how many people stay at your home. Every person has a number sense and has potential to identify changes in quantity for example, if one family member is missing, one is able to detect it. As a result, numbers are valuable to every human being in almost all aspects of life. In fact, this is what Pythagoras means when he avers that “numbers rule the universe.” As on a daily basis, we count, score, measure, arrange, tally and sort things intentionally or unintentionally.
We are equally involved in adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying things; purposefully or inadvertently. For example, if you have ten mangoes and you give two to your children, you will have subtracted two mangoes from the ten mangoes you had (10 minus 2). Similarly, if you get five more mangoes from the market, you will have added five on the mangoes you had (8 add 5). If you tell the two children to share eight mangoes equally, you will have performed a division activity (8 divided by 2). On the other hand, if you wanted to give each child five mangoes and you have two children you will have performed a multiplication function (5 multiplied by 2). When you systematically and logically perform the above routines, you will have started on a journey of making numbers have meaning, sense and value to your life and businesses.
This is what some of the world great leaders have stated about the power of numbers:
These world leaders primarily affirm that numbers have significant value in our lives and businesses and that numbers are a foundation of society. It is imperative that we spend some of our valued time to understand and identify the numbers that matter most in our lives and businesses. I want to point out that “numbers do not lie”; unless they have been “manipulated,” “cooked” or “doctored”.
Let’s dive into the key adult decision spheres in our day-to-day lives that are number-driven;
The mark of good adult decision lies in the numbers, remember to pay attention to the qualitative aspects as well in your decision-making sphere.
Charles Barugahare (Ph.D., FCCA) – Financial Consultant, Trainer and Coach