December 24, 2009 § 1 Comment
I might have had an “Oprah-A-ha” moment. Twitter has given me the ability to follow any entity I like as long as their tweets are not protected. A few months ago I created my first Twitter account. Soon, I’m following people and groups that span a diverse group of interests. Then, I’m tweeting about my equally diverse areas of interest. Soon my tweets are in the thousands, and I’m wondering if I need separate Twitter accounts to avoid losing one community over another – my techy followers may get bored with my gifted education tweets or my food tweets. You’re probably familiar with the dilemma. There are apps for that.
Because introspection is ingrained in my personality, I had to ask myself “what is the common thread in all these seemingly diverse interests”? What is it that has me up at night writing and reading about it? These questions combined with the ever-prevalent question of “what am I going to be when I grow up” has led me (in a very logical manner, of course) to consider what drives me and what will continue to motivate me and excite me in a career for the next 20+ years. It’s innovation and enabling great minds to develop their ideas and deliver. Linda Cureton, the CIO of NASA, shares this vision in her blog. Whether it is one of my own gifted children or a promising colleague or a brilliant artist or chef… The common thread is helping people live up to their potential and building community so that they can help each other.
Does that mean I’m ready to take my hands out of the technical pot? No way. I love building and creating too. I want the same things for myself as I do for others who are intelligent and self-motivated. Detachment from that process diminishes my ability to ultimately enable others and improve upon their processes and methodologies. Where that puts me in terms of a job title, I have no idea.