This is a copy of my latest blog, published yesterday.
Don't Get Stuck In Old Obsolete Ways
One of the things I've learn in life is to not stubbornly stick to the old ways that I'm used to when there are newer and proven better ways available, in other words, to not be afraid of change.
For example, a while back I was fine using mice. I had tried trackballs and didn't like them at all. I had been told trackballs were better but they seemed uncomfortable and I wasn't good with them. Why fix what's not broken, right? But then I was forced to use trackballs at work, so I had to go over that week learning curve that I had not bothered to do before. I admit I wasn't too happy about it, at least at first I wasn't. My perspective changed quite a bit after that. Now I prefer trackballs over mice, not because I can't work with mice, I can, just like before, but because I know mice suck. That week of getting used to the change was well worth it.
Now, I've told many people about trackballs and not a single one has given it a fair shot. I don't think they even believe me. They are used to their mice and they don't see anything wrong with them. It doesn't matter what I say because they can't appreciate the many advantages of trackballs after using them for a few minutes, just like I did long time ago.
This is human nature, we just don't like change, especially when it involves having to do things differently. This is the reason so many people complain every time Facebook changes something and makes it better, for example. So I've decided to make a conscious effort to not get stuck in old ways, if there are new better ones.
You've got to stay young and relevant to be able to stay on the race, and you can only do that but embracing new ways and not being afraid of change.