Milestones or the pursuit of them can mess you up big time, especially if you are going after the wrong ones.
Social networks can blur the line, really. Take any social network and one of the easy metrics to measure is “quantitative” rather than “qualitative.”
On LinkedIn, it it is the total number of contacts
(It is easy to miss how many of these contacts really matter and it is also easy to miss for how many of these contacts you really matter)
On Facebook, it is the number of Friends
(Again easy to miss, how many are “really” your friends and it is also easy to miss, how many consider “you” as their real friend)
On Twitter, it is the number of followers
( It is easy to miss how many are following you just because you are following them. It is easy to miss how many quality Tweets do you actually write)
For me, the only measurement that matters is:
“Your capacity to contribute to make this world a better place.”
You can set appropriate milestones to measure this metric. Tools like social networks help but if these tools don’t contribute to help you with this metric, it really does not matter.
Have a great weekend!