Why God Didn't Write More Than 10 Commandments

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Have you ever wondered why God didn't write more than 10 commandments?

For example, don't you think He should have written something regarding the behavior of those rightfully considered to be a jerk? Maybe something such as: Thou shalt not put people down and act as if you are better than they.

I like the sound of this one. Plus, I have known plenty of people "of faith" who are really not pleasant or nice people.

I was thinking about this the other day, and it occurred to me that He eventually did get around to this one when the four Gospels of the New Testament were written. Maybe Moses ran out of stone or something on the mountain?

But, I think this is probably poor thinking. On a serious note, more likely, God was giving instructions pertaining to life. He knew he was not covering everything—but even before Vilfredo Pareto, known for the 80/20 Pareto principle—He understood that most of the value of a set of items (in this case, human behavior) is fundamentally found in very few data items.

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This makes me wonder even more. If God could make 10 pretty good—if not comprehensive—rules to guide all of human activity, why is it that a company is almost always measuring more than 10 items?

In my experience, and at Sageworks, there are only a few metrics that drive the majority of company performance. This raises questions: Do we think we are smarter than God, or do we get confused thinking the number of data items correlates to more knowledge? Do we confuse quantity with quality?

This is written as a reminder that we are counting and measuring much too many unimportant things and not enough of what matters most. This relates to the overall goals of the company, to project goals and to individual team member goals. Such consideration increases and sharpens our focus.

What are the very few things we focus on to ensure the majority of our success? This is key to execution.

Brian Hamilton, a devout Christian who has spent nearly three decades helping formerly incarcerated individuals start low capital businesses, is one of the country's foremost entrepreneurs featured in various major media outlets.

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