This is the third in a series of data visualization lessons I learned before I was a teenager. If you want to catch up, in sixth grade I learned to know how you’re being measured and in seventh grade I learned that if something seems off, it probably is.
In first grade, the biggest incentive in my life was earning gold stars next to my name on the class board. These elusive gold stars could be handed out for a variety of reasons, but usually they were earned for answering questions correctly in front of your peers. The way the five and six-year olds in the class tried to earn these gold stars, you would think they were worth a million dollars each.
One fateful day, the teacher introduced the story of The Tortoise and the Hare. After explaining what a tortoise and a hare were, she asked “For one million dollars… err… one gold star…. who do you think will win the race?”
This was my moment. Little did the teacher know that I already heard this story in kindergarten. I was not going to be fooled by the seemingly obvious choice that the faster rabbit would prevail. This was review and possibly the easiest gold star I would ever earn. I practically fell out of my chair trying to get the teacher to pick me.
That’s when I learned one of my best data visualization tips.