As an older American, sitting in front of a computer can seem as impossible as reading street signs in downtown Hong Kong. (Especially if you don't speak or read Mandarin!) But, no matter where you live, whether it be in the USA or China, learning the computer has become a necessary way of life. So, if you plan to stay engaged and current with your business, your family and the world, you have no choice but to get a handle on how to use your computer or smart phone!
Once you understand the part technology plays in your particular life, it will give you the incentive to take on the task of learning something new. It's at that moment that the lesson in humility begins. Humility is the quality of being modest or respectful.
I speak from experience- As I faced the reconstruction of my career over the past 5 years, the humility bug has knocked on my door many times. I've kind of gotten used to the feeling of being brought to my knees with confusion over building a website, tackling a new program or deciding which new platform id best for my V-By members.
My solution: Rather than looking up at that huge mountain of new information, focus on placing one foot in front of the other. Or simply put, take one step at a time. Respecting that overwhelming mountain, instead of fearing it, is the only way I have been able to find humility and reach the mountain's peak.
It reminds me of the PT Barnum song "One Brick at a Time." In fact when I'm faced with a problem on the computer (which happened just today), I look to accomplish something, anything that feels like progress. I know that's easier said than done. Your mind may not be naturally wired the way your kids or your grand kids minds are wired. But no matter the challenge you face, using a computer is a must...even if it's "one key stroke at a time."
Technology has become an essential part of everything. Fun, work, shopping, research and even your way of communicating! I think the part that makes it so overwhelming for many of us is the fact that there is so much to learn and it's constantly changing. Sort of like a moving target. Scary! But, when you really analyze it, isn't life always changing? We deal with day to day changes all the time.
Learning computer skills is really no different. Concentrating on placing your foot down, laying one brick at a time or biting off a small portion everyday is how you can accomplish your chosen task. Commit to learning something on the computer every day (or every week) and after 6 months you'll look back in awe to realize how much you've learned!
If you're in the retail business and are used to having a brick and mortar that allows you to meet with customers face to face, you know that there are customers you are not seeing any longer and you know why. They have moved, are seasonal or they are the new generation that doesn't want to walk in your door. They are only available over the computer! Why lose their business? Take on the task of building your own computer savvy, get some humility and add a new flow of business over your computer. You can do it if you say so!
Not sure she was being funny...
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