My DSL has been either sputtering or totally out for a couple weeks now. They’ve been working at trying to locate and fix the problem…something about squirrels (I kid you not!)
Thing is, bushy-tailed little creatures aside, this situation hasn’t
stopped me from working. As a matter of fact, it’s times like these
that make me grateful that I didn’t grow up using computers, the
Internet and fancy widgets. I can tap into my experience and find
a way to get the job done. And it got me to thinking…
In the grand scheme of things, the technology we take for granted is
relatively new. When I first began in the industry, the state-of-the-art
was a push button phone! (I know I’m dating myself LOL)
The point is, it seems we’ve all gotten pretty dependent on the technology
at our fingertips, and when something glitches out (or crashes), the
tendency to think we can’t get any work done is quite common.
Sure, we’re not able to do many of the tasks that we’re accustomed to,
but I’d like to suggest that using things like “my computer crashed”
as an excuse is just that…an excuse.
The casualties of technology…calling people on the phone, mailing them
a postcard or letter and meeting people IN PERSON…still work, and work well.
Think about it. We’re all flooded with emails, webinars, promotional videos,
messages on social media sites, etc. On any given day we can find 100’s of
folks selling the same widget, offering the same service and producing the
All the information has caused us to numb out. We don’t even notice the
vast majority of what’s thrown in front of us on a daily basis.
But the person who mailed us something, called us on the phone or talked
with us in person…THAT person we remember.
Combine that with the determination to get things done, no matter what
roadblocks are thrown in our way (like over-achieving squirrels) and
we have a winner!
So the next time your computer is acting up, your video won’t upload or
that app on your phone isn’t working the way you’d hoped, you can use it as
an excuse…or you can find a way, as Larry the Cable Guy says, to “git ‘er done.”