Fear is an interesting attribute to observe.
Every day I see at least one post where someone actually owns a product they they are using and yet exhibits fear around using said product. Example: software app
(Pro tip: I’m not talking about support questions — you know how I feel about that. Go to the support desk of that product and ask for direct help. Random people on FB rarely give better support than the folks who invented the product. )
So, they run to the nearest group (typically populated by random people) that’s focused chiefly on,
… “what would happen if” …. like what would happen if I put a link here. What would happen if I did this or that with software I bought. What would happen if, if, if, if …. ad infinitum.
And, yet, they can create an example.
At any time.
In their own product.
To try it out and see what would happen.
They are so frightened of “doing” that they won’t even try an experiment for themselves.
Problem solving and being curious are important skills to model at home and teach at school.
The ability to problem solve might be the difference between surviving — or not.
This isn’t about software. This is about engaging with life at the most foundational level.
It’s important to help others learn how to think and problem solve and be curious — on their own. Not with some constant guide from the side.
Helplessness serves no one.
And as scary as it is … it’s not good for your brain at all. Yikes! That should scare you into being more inquisitive.
Did you know that being curious is actually good for the brain. Being inquisitive creates a dopamine response — and that makes you feel happier. And, we could certainly use more of that in this deeply troubled world.
It’s such a better way to get that response than by getting FB likes and hearts and comments. They also produce dopamine hits but often reinforce toxic behavior.
If you want to know who will be around 5 years from now, it will be problem solvers. It will be the curious.
Life is one big problem.
You are here to solve problems.
Find one thing today that you don’t know the answer to and go find it …
… go to Google and input your question (most people actually do not know you can go to google and type questions in the search box). Try it, you’ll love it. It’s a basic survival tool everyone needs to know how to use.
… try an experiment for yourself. Got a new piece of software that you wonder about? Are you wondering what might happen if you try using it in some new way — like what would happen if I do x, y, or z? Try it out. Do it. See what happens.
Be willing to “try something new” with a piece of software. With other things in your life.
Be curious about life.
It’s so much more interesting that way.
Best Days Ahead (and certainly the happiest ones) for The Curious
Note: I’m not saying it’s bad or wrong to ask for help. We all draw upon others for assistance — some more than others. Bottomline: The point is about being curious and a problem solver. Two critical life skills.