January 2010 Archives

I've been thinking about those professions where your self -worth is given a number as a part of your job. TV people have ratings. Authors get Amazon rankings. Performers count the people in the seats at each performance. Waiters get tips which are supposed to have some correlation to the quality of service. These determine how much these various people earn but more to the point of my interest, they also inform the way people think about themselves. For authors, a good Amazon ranking can make or ruin their day. So what other professions have this quality?

I've also asked this question on my facebook page.