Last week I attended an event here in the Valley with Aneesh Chopra, the CTO of the US. Not too long ago, I was heavily involved in politics (worked on campaigns, etc), and technology was rarely talked about, so I was extremely curious about what he would have to say. Turns out I learned a personal lesson as well.
As we all know, change can take forever in political organizations, as well as in large enterprises. What struck me as refreshing from Chopra’s talk was the administration’s efforts to tackle short-term problems initially, with a broader vision in mind. That way, at least some progress can be demonstrated. The example he gave was that by September (90 days after they announced the idea), they would develop a new website that will allow immigrants to check their application status online. While not fully satisfying his broader goal of immigration reform, it does represent a non-trivial first step to get there.
I took the lesson as something I should consider myself. Oftentimes in our lives when we seek change, whether it’s personal or professional, we try to aim for the ultimate goal and get frustrated when we fail to achieve it quickly. While I think we must have longer-term vision, I think having specific, short-term goals to get there is extremely helpful and helps us feel like we are making progress.
Anyways, I know this is off-topic, but I have been thinking about this recently, and trying to figure out different areas of my life where I need to define some short-term goals that will help me achieve my vision.