Never assume you understand new concepts
If you see yourself as a passionate individual, wanting to change the world, and you want a lucrative career in the process. Then you will need to take a fresh look at how you go about utilising the new digital technologies, by unlearning the old ones.
There could be many people who will tell you, “you have to work smarter not harder”. The only problem is when they suggest it, they don’t tell you about how to work smarter.
Before you move too far ahead of yourself, you probably need to slow things down. Deconstruct and shift your focus to activities which will align what needs to happen with how you use technology to achieve your vision and objectives.
You must unlearn all the things which confine you to a mediocre life. You too are continually fed false information by the institutions, media, people and the world around us about what is possible for you to achieve.
Unlearning, a powerful way to understand modern technology
A single word, quotation or a throwaway line can change the way you look at technology and how you fit into it, forever.
Successful people also create alignment between their intentions and using new digital technology. In doing so, there will be attitudes you might need to address:
- If you implement new technologies, people may see you as inactive
- Should you talk of planning technology, people could see you as wasting time
- Some see unlearning as a weakness, what’s wrong with what you are doing
- By exhibiting drive and energy about new technology, people could see you as pushy
- If you appreciate a vendor, they might think you want something from them
- In making decisions about leading-edge technology, others might see you as irresponsible
You cannot effectively influence others when you look at new technologies, and others see you as wasting time. If you want to learn how to accelerate your growth and make quantum leaps in your performance. First, you need to unlearn about the digital technologies required.
Learning new technology skills isn’t enough, you must learn new concepts
When we look at the exponential pace of digital transformation, emerging technologies, and rapidly changing social-economic trends. How does your organisation keep up? A better question might be, “ what’s required for me to thrive in the future”?
Would you jump on a complicated piece of machinery without learning the concepts?
Of course, nobody knows for sure what the future will hold. However, we can gain an understanding of the concepts it will take to succeed tomorrow with insights from thought leaders and futurists.
Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes does not always help you to understand what technology will best suit your business, it just gives you an impression.
Unfortunately, knowledge “stickiness” is a significant obstacle to unlearning. Once we have learned something well, we tend to stick to it, applying daily habits to what we’ve learned without thinking.
“We do not learn for the benefit of anyone; we learn to unlearn ignorance”. Michael Johnson
“The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn”. Alvin Toffler