There are many reasons why you might want to pick up and learn a new piece of technology. Perhaps you want to learn a new skill, do a job more efficiently, or have a better way to stay in touch with friends or family. The piece of technology you choose may be able to do a lot of things. You probably don’t need to master each and every one. You may only need to acquire enough knowledge to accomplish a short list of tasks. After all, you don’t have to know how to build a watch to tell time.
Permission to fail
This is a gift you give yourself. You are inevitably going to try things that will not work in the way you intended. That’s okay. It’s part of the process. It’s highly unlikely you will cause a calamity so terrible that it can’t be easily undone. Much can be learned from every failure. If something does go wrong, you’ll learn never to do that again!
If you have a tutor, mentor, or instructor to guide you, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask until you get a satisfactory answer. If you don’t ask you may be setting yourself up for failure in the future. The worst possible question is the one that was not asked. Paladin’s customer service department is ready to answer all your questions by phone or email. Paladin also offers on-site training through our BizServicesTM program.
Find your inner Magellan
After you get some of the basics down, strike out on your own and explore a little every day to get comfortable with what you’ve learned. You probably picked up more than you think. A little success while flying solo will build confidence and inspire you to learn more about how this new technology can serve you.
And finally, be patient
Learning anything takes time and practice. Don’t be in a hurry. All the skills you have now required some level of dedication and focus for you to become proficient. Give yourself as much time as you need to succeed.
by George Maginnis