A good statistic

I woke up this morning to the news that former Intel CEO Andy Grove passed away.

I never met Andy Grove in person but his book High Output Management is the most practical book on management I’ve read. His passing away therefore left me feeling sad and uneasy this morning.

In the sufficiently long run, each of us is just a statistic. What each of us has done will eventually be forgotten, if not in the 100 years that our family members remember us then in the 1000 to 10000 years that humanity remembers us. But it’s up to us whether, for whatever length of time we are remembered, we’re remembered as a good statistic or a bad one. Andy is a great example of the former.