The Race You Probably Can't Win - The Race Against Technology
But what we can do is to benefit from others in our ActiveRain network to learn best how to make the parts we do understand work for us. Be it computers, software, mobile appliances, Internet applications, blogging, social sites, networks or whatever.
This thought came clear to me when I started the iPad User group 2 months ago here in the Rain. After all, we all only have set amounts of disposable income that we are willing to spend ( the word invest comes to mind ) to make life easier in our real estate businesses.
For the last couple years we are all trying to learn how to optimize our experience in the social media realm. Then the new mobile apparatus hits the markets to help make our business lives more functionally mobile.
Before all this, the smart phones were leading the way and we all jumped into those thinking ( or at least hoping ) that we had found a panacea for staying in contact while we move about in the business from our offices to the field and then from our cars to back home. Of course then the apps were hitting the market faster than meteors traveling in space and how do we know which ones we need with thousands to choose from. So we wait hoping we will get the answer before buying too many.
While all this is taking place, we are all trying to perfect the art of blogging and building web sites that generate leads and then of course learning the ways to manage that information and make it possible to convert the leads. And don't forget about the increased need for better photography and the old cameras we were using and the new ones they say we need and "Where is that darn memory card. The camera won't take photos without it. Perhaps I should buy a couple more of them?"
If you are anything like me, you could admit that you understand some part of all the technology and the learning curve associated with each part of it but never quite seem to get all of it. We then try and muddle through only to realize that the part we need to make it all work, we haven't learned yet or at least we don't understand it. By this time it hits us in the head that we are already behind while others are already claiming so much success with it.
If only we had someone that could do this for us and we didn't have to feel guilty because in not understanding one or two little components of the new technology, we lost our way and can't seem to catch up. If this sounds like you, know this. You are not alone and many many of us fell into that black hole and we seem not to be able to find our way out. The answers are naturally easy if you understand them but if you have a block to understanding them, others can talk you through some parts but when you don't get it, you sort of give up again because it is simply to too embarrassing to admit it.
How come others understand all this and we don't? Truth be told, they probably don't understand it any better than you. The difficulty is that just when we almost get it, it is time to move on the next newest or greatest. Why do we even want to put ourselves out there, surely setting ourselves up for ridicule or at least losing whatever self esteem we might have earned along the way because of our desire to learn it. If we don't understand it all, how could we possibly share it to help others.
If we could give all this madness a name, it might be best identified by the words, The Old Catch 22. We each have resources and capabilities that would probably surprise us. If only we could get the time to understand it all and then perhaps we could benefit by having someone coach us on how to optimize it for use in our business. There may be some comfort in knowing that others are just as confused as we are. And if it makes you feel better, some don't even know that much of what we already know , others don't even know it exists in the first place much less that they will be needing to learn it. We are all pioneers in this and like the pioneers of early time, we are easily recognized by the arrows sticking out of our backside.
Relax, You are probably will not win the race against technology, you might as well try and make the best out of the parts you are already using more effective.