Picture this : Have you ever met a Dentist who doesn’t know how an electric toothbrush works? Or a mechanic who barely know how to drive? Well, my friends, I am probably the only blogger who is techno retarded!
I’m not very proud of this “achievement” L. Actually, I realized this just a few days ago when I was talking with my partner (the techno guy 😉 ). At that time, I realized how easy small applications were to use and how they could change the way I work and improve my productivity.
During our weekend in Quebec City, he showed me 3 of them. The first one (you are going to laugh) is Google documents. I had heard about it but never took the time to actually take a look at how convenient it is to have all your word and excel documents in an online version. Better than that, you can share those documents with others and they can edit them at the same time as you do. I know, most of you already knew that, but I was quite amazed by this tool ;-).
The second tool I will try is Google reader. Man, proof-positive that I really am retarded! Instead of using Reader to look at my favorite blogs, I have them bookmarked and open then in different tabs. I thought this was fast…
But the most important thing is that I had never used Skype before! Man, it took me 5 minutes to install and configure… very easy process and I can now chat with all the bloggers around the world… for free! Definitely, I need to attend a techno fair at least once a year.
The funniest part is not that I wasn’t using these simple applications. Fact is, I was just too lazy to take a look at them. However, the basic skill I lack, which demonstrates my incompetence as a blogger, is the fact that I could never be able to install something as easy as WordPress for a new blog. I feel like the only blogger who doesn’t know one single html code!
On the other hand, this lends to asking questions that would not be asked by someone who has a code background and therefore, we sometimes push our ideas a little bit further. Since I don’t know what can be done or what can’t be done, I just send my ideas to my friend by email and tell him that it would be cool to do this, that or the other thing.
So even if you are retarded (or just plain slow), you can still do it!
This article leads to one major point; even if you are weak at something, it doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve what you want. I had always thought that working on my strengths and finding people that can help do what I can’t, would lead me further forward in life. That this would be better than simply trying to learn everything that I need to know when I want to start a project. The beauty of our company is that my friend has a skill set completely different from mine. Therefore, we are really strong as a team while individually we gravitate towards mediocrity ;-).
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