Embracing technology and overcoming any fears
The better that we understand technology and the advantages it can bring then the less scary it becomes. We should embrace the positives – it’s easier than ever to make connections with people and to find information.
Of course, there is the potential for ‘robots’ to replace humans in some lower-skilled jobs, but technology is also creating many new jobs, like content marketers, as well as the ability to find jobs and retrain more easily. As opposed to taking anything away, technology gives you access to more and will allow you to do more of the things that you want to do by automating and speeding up things that you don’t.
Here are four excuses for not using technology and how to get around them…
“It doesn’t come naturally to me.”
No one automatically knows how to use anything. It comes from a willingness to dedicate a bit of time to practising and learning. And these days you can learn in whichever way suits you best – attending courses, reading books or blogs, watching videos on YouTube or listening to podcasts (to name a few).
Also remember, if it doesn’t come easily to you, it won’t do for lots of other people, so making small changes could easily set you apart from your competitors.
“I’m too old to embrace new technology.”
Adopting a ‘never graduate’ mentality and remaining curious is good for your happiness, health and your business.
You don’t have to do everything, start by adopting one tool that will make the most difference to your work.
“I don’t need digital tools.”
Technological advancements are nothing new and they will not stop coming – from the telephone to the radio, to cars, computers and the Internet.
For most people, these days digital skills are a job requirement and in some cases a legal requirement (for example, the secure storing of personal data for GDPR or Making Tax Digital).
“I don’t have the time or money to learn.”
There are countless free tools, trials and methods of learning. The best way to learn is to start using things on a day to day basis and figure out what functionality you like and what you don’t.
You may need to invest a little extra time in the beginning but in the long run, you will save a lot.