Have you ever wondered what makes a person capable of being successful in business? You can probably think of lot of factors that impact a person’s ability to succeed: their network, their personal motivation, their wealth, their experience, their upbringing, their ideas, their ability to execute and lead others—the list goes on and on. The fact is, there’s really no secret equation that will guarantee success in life or in business. It varies from person to person. There is, however, one thing that every successful entrepreneur and business person does each and every day of their life in an effort to build a successful career.
We are at the beginning of a revolution that will impact every business and life on this planet.
While we live in the information age, it is vital to have a way to process all the information into something tangible and usable. Thankfully, this is where big data comes into play.
“A picture is worth 1,000 words.”
You know the phrase. It’s the belief that an idea, story, or concept can be explained or conveyed with one single image. You’ve probably heard or used it in conversation yourself more times than you could count, but have you ever thought about how it could apply to your business? Consider the following statistics shared in a blog post published last year on the power of visuals:
For the last few months we’ve been sharing our favorite news stories and articles about mapping from around the globe. We created the series back in October to celebrate our love of maps—and to highlight the fact that maps are literally all around us. They are everywhere. Why? Because maps create the opportunity to present extremely complex data in a way that most people can digest and understand. Maps tell stories. They persuade. They change minds. They lead people to act. They inform.
There’s a common misconception out there that data is boring. It’s a fair opinion to have, and here’s why: no one likes the idea of going into a meeting or presentation and being inundated with rows upon rows of spreadsheet data. Likewise, no one likes listening to someone verbally spew out statistic after statistic in a futile effort to make a point or change a point of view. Not only is it an ineffective way of presenting data and persuading someone to change their mind, it’s boring for most people to experience.