As you all know, I occasionally lose focus.
Get focused on the possibilities.
All the stuff I want to fix.
All the things I want to implement.
All at once.
My Learning Ecosystem will be complex, yet elegantly simple.
It will be user friendly for all types of users.
Perform all sorts of magical tasks – seamlessly, effortlessly.
It will be awesome – this Learning Ecosystem of mine.
The Data Whisperer caught me in the midst of one of these manic moments – as my delusional brain daydreamed of the epic stuff this unformed mass of unimplemented ideas would do.
He listened to the stream of nonsense coming out of my mouth, thought a bit, then said…
Wendy, you don’t need to boil the ocean.
“Boiling the ocean” is an idiomatic phrase that can have a few related
meanings. One is that it is obviously impossible to boil all of the
water in the ocean, so it can refer to an impossible task — something so
complicated it’s hard to know where to begin. Another definition is
used in business and tends to relate to projects that are hugely
complex, perhaps overly so. The idea of boiling the whole ocean means
that someone is concerned with a minutia of fine details. This may mean
that someone is being thorough or it could mean that he has made
something so complex he can never accomplish his goals. – Wise Geek.org
Again – I have over-complicated things.
“The goal is to keep the goal the goal” – Dan John
What is the goal of my Learning Ecosystem?
Help people master their jobs through continuous professional development and as-needed performance support.
Why do I keep forgetting this?
Because I should have been doing this all along.
Because it doesn’t include the new, the shiny, the sexy.
Because I don’t want to face how ineffective I have been.
Maybe if I try to do something big, hairy and audacious enough – I can distract myself (and others) from my inability to perform basic tasks that we should have been able to do all along..
I can hide in a complicated vision of the future.
That future will not hold.