I am ignorant about social media. I like the old way of building relationships – phone, email, and visiting with people face-to-face. Trying to learn all this new technology has caused me anxiety, fear, and has made me feel kind of dumb. However, I have to remember, that I’m not dumb; I’m just ignorant. But ignorance can be overcome.
Look at the times we live in; millions out of work and companies with openings, but there are few qualified to be hired. Wonder why? Perhaps people have resisted change, neglected to upgrade their skills, failed to show vulnerability, ask for help, and learn new things in the process? I bet that’s at least part of it.
If we let go of our egos for a moment, acknowledged our ignorance and fears about what we don’t know, both to ourselves and others, and asked for help more often, we could we probably find better ways to learn new things, grow, and save ourselves some of the anxiety/stress we create. Why do I feel this way? Because I believe that most people are wired to help other people. If we spent more time helping one another build skills and knowledge, we’d likely get more work done faster and more effectively in the long run.
A great quote to ponder. It’s from Alvin Toffler, author and futurist, “The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” If you want to embrace change in the workplace, you must continually upgrade your skills (learn), get past your own repetitive patterns/barriers/fears (unlearn), and take in some new information, develop new skills, and start working in different ways (relearn).
It’s a dream of mine to use social media more effectively in my business, so I’ve put my ego and fears aside, asked our resident expert, Becky Robinson on BizConnectTV, to help me become more educated, and I’ve started working more with social media products, and it has helped a great deal.
So you can help me reach my dream, overcome my fears, learn, unlearn, and relearn by following me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. And when I relate with you using those tools, you know I’ve embraced change. In return, perhaps I can help you reach your dreams by working with you as your Dream Manager.
For more information on this topic, be sure to view my show called Embracing Change on Toledo BizConnect TV. While you are there, check out my other Living Your Dreams: Tips to Advance Professional and Personal Improvement archived shows.