As the old saying goes, “Change is the only thing in the world that never changes”, it applies to every single aspect of life. Including the tech world where there is a constant change in terms of perspective, views or the tech itself. Someone somewhere finds something innovative and it becomes the norm within a few weeks. The only way to keep us dated is learning whats new or at least know what is new. Though it makes the technology we use better every day, it poses a problem for the people in the tech business of updating and getting to learn something new almost every day.
A lot of unfortunate people think that learning for the sake of learning is something for schoolchildren, and maybe college students. All the things there are to learn and know that don’t impact directly on their immediate lives they dismiss as “trivia”. Out in the “real world”, they think, there’s no time for such frivolities. But they could not be more wrong about the “Real world”. No I don’t mean about the digital world like the “Matrix” but the digital world of tech that we are forced to live in. (Or well it could very well be the same)
Why should you learn something new?
There are a lot of good, practical reasons to make learning something new a part of your daily routine, but the best reason has nothing to do with practicality — we are learning creatures, and the lifelong practice of learning is what makes us humans and our lives worthwhile. If that idealistic musing’s not enough, here are some more down-to-earth benefits:
Learning across a wide range of subjects gives us a range of perspectives to call on in our own narrow day-to-day areas of specialization.
Learning helps us more easily and readily adapt to new situations.
A broad knowledge of unfamiliar situations feeds innovation by inspiring us to think creatively and providing examples to follow.
Learning deepens our character and makes us more inspiring to those around us.
Learning makes us more confident.
Learning instils an understanding of the historical, social, and natural processes that impact and limit our lives.
And, like I said, there’s the whole “making like worth living” thing.
But these are in generic terms, in terms of technology, there are so many disruptive technologies getting developed in every part of the world as we read this sentence. How can we cope up with them? That is a serious question that needs to be answered. Even for such a problem there are very easy and generic answers.
How do we know what is going on everywhere?
We actually cannot. But we can choose what is the best way to be a stable technical person for the next five years, how to do that? There are so many websites like the one you are reading right now (I would definitely suggest you to place your bet on techstory)
Browse through them, see what is all happening. Find anything you feel is interesting or something you can work with take it up and start learning everything about it. (Focus on everything!!)
Where to learn about your choice?
There are so many online portals that give free to paid training or courses how many of the technologies work. Some of them like edX, MIT edu etc.
Well you have two choices; you can start working on it yourself and maybe start a company one day or just act a freelancer consultant for one of the many thousands of the tech companies out there.
The second choice is to find a job in one of the tech companies gain some competence and experience. Use these qualities and then maybe start your company or just move through the hierarchy of the company to maybe take over it yourself.
The important point here is to not just about knowing new things, that can be done by tom, dick and harry (no coincidence meant with any real tom dick and harry out there!!). What makes the knowledge you have worthy is using it. Unused knowledge is just like uneaten food, it just becomes bad and unusable.