By Larry Jordan (doddleNEWS)
It fascinates me, as I get older, to discover that it gets increasingly hard to get excited about learning something new. I remember back when both computers and I were much younger, I couldn’t wait to take a look at the latest beta version of just about anything. Today? Not so much.
This may be due to my brain being fuller than it was when I was younger. Or the realization that, in spite of the marketing hype, not every upgrade “changes everything.” Or the unalterable fact that even as computer technology evolves, I still need to pay the rent. It is much easier to be risk averse when you have a mortgage on the line.
Still, this got me wondering why it is hard to get motivated to learn. I think there are a number of factors:
- The rapid pace of technological change means anything we learn today will be obsolete tomorrow.
- The sheer breadth of new technology makes it hard to figure out what to learn next.
- A natural resistance to change that develops as we get older.
- The forlorn wish that things should “go back to the way they were,” mostly because we finally understand today what we were trying to figure out back then.
Smile… It ain’t easy getting older. Check out the whole article at LarryJordan.com.