There’s a tendency for news organisations (and a lot of other organisations) to get very excited and very suspicious around numbers. People who understand how linear regression works are clearly dangerous wizards, and getting involved with data at all used to be seen as something dirty — something that could taint you. This is patently daft, because numbers don’t remove people’s brains or their editorial sensibilities. We make better decisions when we’re better informed, and all data is is information.
Franklin D. Roosevelt said “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.” There will be scary times in each of our career journeys. Whether it is the fear of being laid off or making a career change, a merger, acquisition, corporate buy out etc., most of us will experience one or more difficult moments as we build our professional lives. When these moments come, it is critical to keep pressing on despite the fear. Dara Khosrowshahi left his comfort zone as the CEO of Expedia to explore an uncertain opportunity as CEO of Uber taking on the challenges of dealing with the start up’s board and it’s issues with multiple municipalities across the globe.