Assessing Ourselves and Measuring Success

During a workshop today, the presenter asked the question, "What is interpretation?" to a room full of interpreters. He split the room into groups of people who have been working 1 - 5 years, 6 - 10 years, 11 - 24 years, and 25+ years.

Each group discussed among themselves then gave an answer to the question. Each answer was different.

The point he made was that assessment is pointless if we don't know what we are assessing. If we can't define it and agree on the definition, we cannot develop metrics to measure it.

The same goes for the more personal question, "What is my purpose?"

If I don't have an answer to that question, I cannot assess if I am indeed living my life according to its purpose.

Now, I am not saying we need to know what we will be doing for the rest of our lives, but in the moment, in the today, What is your purpose?

It is only by understanding ourselves and our design that we can begin to assess if we are indeed living up to it. Once we can answer the question, "what is my purpose?" then the goals that we set, and the measurement of those goals, will help us develop further into who we are, instead of possibly leading us away from our purpose and design. 

What are thoughts on purpose and assessment?