Imagine you’re a baker. You’ve got the choice between an impeccably precise recipe for a bland, tasteless cracker, and a somewhat vague one for a delicious, award-winning bread. Which one do you choose? The answer’s a no-brainer, right?

It’s no different when we’re dealing with information. It’s easy to get trapped in a maze of numbers that seem solid but really, they don’t matter. Like counting how many blades of grass are on your lawn when you should be thinking about how to grow a lush, vibrant garden. It’s like focusing on the cracks in the pavement when you should be admiring the sky.

Getting the exact count of paper clips in your office? That’s simple. But understanding the dynamics of your team, gauging the pulse of morale and motivation? That’s fuzzy. It’s also a hundred times more critical.

It’s like trying to count the stars. You can’t, but that doesn’t stop them from guiding you through the darkest nights. The grains of sand beneath your feet, no matter how many there are, can’t do that.

Fuzzy numbers? They’re challenging. They make you sweat, make you question. But they also make you see the big picture. They pull your focus towards what’s important. They clear the clutter. They illuminate the path to real value.

And at the end of the day, isn’t that what we’re all striving for?

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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