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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Wisdom Byte - Learn To Walk Before You Can Run

Wisdom Byte - Learn To Walk Before You Can Run
Inspired by a WhatsApp Forward

As a 60 year old Tom was really not able to understand how cool or silly is it to search for a Pokeman in your vicinity? While some people find it amusing, there are others who find it terrible. Sometimes Tom felt left behind because he was not that tech savvy. The bigger question however was whether he was ready to adapt and learn?

A lot has been already said about the negative impact of the mobile games and apps on our society. Technology brings these challenges along with the benefits. As humans the best we can do is to be proactive for handling such situations. 

Everything reaches its destiny at the right time. To us it may appear that certain things are happening too early or too late but nature has its own way of doing things at the right time. The Pokeman rage will soon get over and the world will move to the next cool gadget or funky app. Don't forget few years back Angry Birds was a similar rage too.

It is not just the mobile games, the whole world is changing too fast with mobile computing technology. This however makes me wonder whether I am able to keep pace with the super-fast changes? Am I too slow to realize the pace at which things around us are changing? May be yes, may be no.

While I was puzzled, I came across these examples of how things can work differently for different people:
    • Someone may be growing old, say 30+ years of age but still single. Someone else may have got married early but 'waited' 10 years before having a child. Then there is another who had a baby within a year of the marriage. All of them are doing things at their own pace, there is no right or wrong.
    • New York located on the east coast of United States is 3 hours ahead of California (West coast) but it does not mean that California is slow, or that New York is fast. Both are working based on their own "Time Zone."
    • Someone graduated at the age of 22, yet waited 5 years before securing a good job; and there is another who graduated at 27 and secured employment immediately! Both are successful.
    • Someone became CEO at 25 and died at 50 while another became a CEO at 50 and lived to 90 years. 

    There are certain things you control and there are certain things that you don't control. Everyone works at their own pace. People can have things worked out only according to their pace. Your Colleagues, friends, younger ones might "seem" to be ahead of you. May be some might "seem" behind you. Don't envy them or mock them, they are good with their pace and you are good with yours!

    There is a bit of wisdom that goes: "You need to earn to walk before you can run"

    • Don't be in a hurry to run because someone else is ahead of you. 
    • Learn at your own pace. 
    • Grow at your own pace. 
    • Walk at your own pace and run at your own pace. 

    This is true for all aspects of your life including financial know-how. Even the genius of mathematicians need to start learning math with 1+1=2. Don't rush yourself through the learning process because it is the process and the rigor that will make you rich emotionally and mentally.
      This made me realize that technology will change at its own pace. Even for tech savvy people moving from laptop culture to mobile app culture can be a big shift. So if I don't have the latest app or game on my phone I don't need to panic. I need to take time and learn because it is wise to learn to walk before I can run.