Over the past few months I have been working on a new way of thinking. There are so many new technologies on the Internet nowadays that I hadn’t tried. It is easy to pass many of them by or dismiss them. I used to be as guilty of that as the next person, but not anymore.
Stumbleupon, Digg, Delicious, Twitter, Facebook, the list is huge. Some of these have been around a while and some are new kids on the block. It is easy to dismiss some of them as gimmicks, useless, or just simply “not your thing”. Until you try these technologies you will never know if they will be useful and you may miss out.
I have been experimenting with several new technologies recently and have found some that I never thought would be useful being integrated into my daily life. A prime example is Twitter. On the face of it this is the same as the “what are you doing now?” section of Facebook, a small piece of information that once updated quickly goes stale and is out of date. Useless? I thought so, until I found that you can hook it up to many other applications, WordPress for example. Every time I publish a blog post, it updates Twitter. All of a sudden a seemingly useless piece of technology has a use.
I am not going to go on about the benefits of Twitter right now, this post is not about that, it is about taking steps to try out every new thing you come across, you may be surprised what you find. sometimes something only becomes useful when matched with something else, Synergy if you will.
The phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none” comes to mind. Well yes that is true, but in this industry you don’t need to be an expert on everything, you just need to know enough to find out what works for you and how to benefit from the things that you can use. It’s a bit like comparing a motor mechanic to the average driver. You don’t NEED to be able to rebuild the engine to be able to benefit from a car.
There are still things on my list to try, I will let you know how I get on along the way. What I will say is these last few months have opened my eyes and made me see that unless we take steps to deliberately try all these new things, we will pass them by. This industry is hard enough to succeed in, without missing potential opportunities along the way.