Let’s talk about the learning curve. Yes, I mean the learning curve where any piece of software that you use in your business requires times to “figure out” the changes. Every time (okay so maybe not every time) I sync my iPhone with my iTunes, there is an update. And pressing the download button is like saying, “yes, I have an hour or two to figure how to get what I want from the software on this machine.”
In my world, I notice that tenacity through the learning curve is where people are successful. How far do you push to get beyond the job done? Here are the stages that saved me many times to get through the learning curve:
- Call a colleague to help you (subject matter expert)
- The smarty pants colleague will go through the same process you did or better.
- You won’t tell the colleague “I give up.”
- The friend will take it away from you and bring it back done.
- The friend will take it away and bring it back in the same state you had it.
- You got a drink of water and now you have renewed energy to look at it again.
There are people you won’t ask for help if the cost versus reward doesn’t pull you through the curve. Then, there are people you may call upon with a multi-tasking benefit. You may need to reconnect with them, stop banging your head against the wall for a few minutes and possibly get your problem solved. That’s what we call a win-win in the entrepreneurially roundtable. Now back to my technology…