I'm a big fan of data and analytics. Using data to make day-to-day decisions gives me sound footing supporting what I do. Harry Wong, the noted educator, has said that what you do is not important, that knowing why you do what you do is the important thing. Whether you agree with him or not, it's always intrigued me to understand why some people get results and some do not. Why do some sales people make that big sale and others let it slip through their fingers? Why is one presentation killer while another elicits nothing but yawns? Why will students perform for one teacher, but resist another?
Sometimes, successful people do not even know why what they do works. It just does. But there are those of us who have the curiosity to try to figure out the "why" of success.