Friday, December 4, 2009

Technology is Magic to Some of Us

Am trying to put together a new website and I continue to be amazed at how young people today are so comfortable with technology. I have some young friends, one of whom is brilliant with web-based tools, and it’s like watching David Copperfield perform magic when this young guy puts his hands on a keyboard.

The news that many of us over 40 don’t want to hear is that if you are not comfortable with web issues, Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In you are truly falling behind in the workplace…and in life.

Fortunately or unfortunately, we live in a world in which we are all connected. And it’s going to get better…or worse, depending on how you view these issues.

Look at it like this, it’s all change and change is good. It might not make us comfortable but it isn’t slowing down so the best thing to do is embrace it, understand that there will be an almost constant level of anxiety for a lot of us with gray hair, and learn as much as you can as fast as you can.

Try this: Learn one new thing on your computer or cell phone this weekend. In fact, if you have kids, get them to teach it to you. They’ll like the teaching part, you’ll be ok with their teasing, and you both win.

And, if you care about someone who likes sports…just understand that they will be glued to the TV tomorrow with all the college football conference championships and hot college basketball games being played. Bring’em a cold drink and get’em to promise to do something nice for you in exchange for your patience.

Have a great weekend.

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