Conversations come and go. So do technologies.
There are those who believe that their own words are the only true words. There are also those who believe there is no one smarter than they or that no one else could possibly have a good idea or provide insight that could possibly change outcomes. Closed-mindedness destroys many business ideas before they even have a chance to get off the ground.
Set Your Conviction Aside, for just a minute…
It is easy to see this in religious discussions or in political arguments. It is often difficult for someone with a passionate viewpoint or heartfelt belief to hear – actually hear – what another party has to say. And the usual choice for how to deal with an opposing or different point of view is to walk away or duke it out, either using words or, sadly, fists. There is a course of thought that if someone or some group doesn’t believe how you believe or act how you act, the only thing to do is to destroy that opposition. This is obviously not the type of conversation that comes or goes.
What Can You Afford?
I, personally, cannot afford to maintain a position of absoluteness. Absoluteness leads to stagnation, retardation of thought, and /or to falling behind – losing your edge – missing the boat. My first induction into social technology was the online networking of the late nineties. I was inept, I was far behind my curve, and I felt I could never catch up or learn what I needed to learn in order to truly benefit from what technology had to offer me, an ordinary mom who worked in the dental field. My transition into recruiting was not only an eye-opener but truly – truly – a life saver. The best part, I discovered, was that I was a quick learner… this tech stuff all made sense, and if it didn’t, I could figure it out or find someone who could help me figure it out.
Me, A Techie?
I am not an engineer or techie of any kind. I am someone who cannot learn enough or quickly enough. Social Media and other new technologies and their many offerings intrigued me. I knew, like many others, that the way we communicated would be changed by not only the speed of social media, but by the intrigue and desire of its participants – those who were early adopters and then those who saw new and interesting ways to use it. We learn and retain more quickly what we want to learn and retain. My aspirations for business were altered when I realized that the PC had transitioned from a luxury item to a necessity in not only every business, but in every home.
The last several years I have spent recruiting in or marketing for technology and diving head first into tech, myself, as a user. I will never be a techie or develop a software, but you can bet I will use it and promote it – and maybe even have a few ideas to change it or make it better. Why? Because it would be senseless for me to deny it. It would be like Grandma telling my mom that Elvis or the Beatles were just fads. They were, true, but they changed the world of music forever.
Thank God For Fads!
I suppose in the long run of it all, that what we do and use now are just fads. Just like Polaroid cameras and eight-track tapes were fads, like VCRs and Walkie-Talkies – but each step forward, away from a lingering fad or technology is a step into a changing world, a world where a digital camera is part of a mobile phone – that’s some walkie-talkie. I love being part of a world that is constantly altered by fads. And I’m happy to take the steps because I can’t afford to not do I want to be left behind.
by Rayanne Thorn