The More you Know, the Less you Know

One of my favorite sayings goes like this... “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know”. Get it? This was a realization that I had many years ago as I was teaching myself to become an expert “PhotoShoper”. I’m still on that journey, but I’ve learned a LOT about PhotoShop in the process.

Sure, I learned about masking, healing brushes, layers and lots of other really neat things you can use PhotoShop for, but the most valuable lesson I learned (and something that has stuck with me ever since) was that as you learn more about something, you open doors and learn that there is a whole new world out there waiting to be discovered. The more you learn, the more you realize that there is more that can be learned (therefore, the more you realize you don’t know).

The fun doesn’t stop with PhotoShop. Quite the contrary, actually. This same principle applies to anything and everything. ESPECIALLY with technology. I’ve met iPhone users, for example, who only use it as a phone. Not because they don’t want to use it for anything else, but because they’ve never taken the time to explore what its full potential is.

By now, you’re probably wondering where the Tech Tip or How-To is in all this gibberish. Here it is... a challenge. That’s right, a challenge. To learn all you can about the tech tools you have. It costs you nothing more than a little bit of time, but it will open new worlds of possibilities for you if you do. Spend 15 minutes each day exploring something. Today could be Microsoft Excel, tomorrow could be Apple iPhoto. It doesn’t matter, as long as you are learning something new. Then, once you’ve learned that something new, share it with others. That’s how you get things to stick. By the way, that’s precisely why this blog exists... to help you AND me.

Posted on April 29, 2013 and filed under Opinion.