I’ve learned too much; my head hurts

You’ve probably graduated from something; high school, trade school or college. That’s all the knowledge you need, right? I’m sure it wasn’t that long ago and I’m also sure life will teach you the rest. I mean really, what is there left to learn?

There is nothing left

Are you familiar with the 1898 story about the  Patent office to close and the employee quitting because there was nothing left to invent? Well, that story might have been embellished over time but do you feel you have peaked with your learning capacity? Or better yet, have you learned all you want to learn?

When you see how fast technology moves and all the incredible inventions and discoveries that have come about in just the last 3-5 years, there can’t possibly be anything left to discover, right?

The fax machine

When I first started in the business world, the fax machine was relatively new. Now, it is relatively gone; how about that?

Just a generation ago change came much more slowly. Now I think it’s safe to say most of what the kids learn their first year in college will be obsolete by the time they graduate. To me, that is a pretty sobering thought.

The bait shop

With every new change, discovery, upgrade or invention; do you embrace it or does it have you looking for that bait shop to buy down at the beach, so you can retire? I mean really, how much stress and technology goes with that gig?

I should be good

I belong to a gym and we jokingly say how close we are to the optimal level of fitness and we can’t wait to get there because of course, then we won’t have to work out anymore, huh?

Do you ever feel you are really close to the optimal level of knowledge and you really don’t need to learn anymore? Of course we all know as soon as you quit learning you run the chance of becoming irrelevant.

I am Superman

Knowledge is power; no doubt about it. It opens doors, sustains conversations, creates opportunities, keeps you fresh, confident and relevant.

Do you think knowledge helps you manage all the change and technology we see everyday? Are you forward thinking and welcome it, or do you just wish we could get back to the ‘good ol’ days’? I had a grandmother who lived to be 102 and I asked her about the ‘good ol’ days'; her reply was “trust me, things are much better now”.

Can’t we all just get along?

In closing, knowledge and communication helps us understand others; especially people who are different from us. It helps eliminate the ignorance and prejudices that seem to cause conflicts and even wars.

Do you like to keep an open mind with child-like discovery? Personally, I feel this is what keeps me fresh and young at heart.

Learn on, and enjoy your journey.

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110 thoughts on “I’ve learned too much; my head hurts

  1. Hey Bill,

    Who said no inventions anymore? I still have to invent “the perfect man”! ;)

    Closing oneself to information is probably the worst forms of self torture there is to be. There is way too much information, way too much knowledge to be learnt and to be benefited from. I don’t think there is an optimal level of knowledge – maybe an optimal level of education for some but not knowledge of course.

    My 70 year old grandpa thinks that “time is running out” and he still has to learn so much!

    Forget the future, we still haven’t learnt everything about our past as yet!

    • Good point Riley; as long as we are curious and will let ourselves be ‘amazed’ we can always be that eager student. I think that’s a good frame of mind to be in.

      I hope you had a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping by.

  2. Hi Bill,

    I consider lifelong learning one of the keys to success and happiness, both in professional and personal life. I guess this counts for all of us bloggers really. Why else would we be sharing our ideas and opinions with everyone, and engage in discussions on the topics we love? In fact, I’ve found that reading blogs and taking part in the discussions is one of the best and more interesting ways to stay up to date and challenge yourself on a continuous basis.

    Here’s to knowledge!
    Wim

    • I hear ya Wim; my kids would never listen to me but now I have an audience and can’t shut up………..:).

      Knowledge and willingness to learn is a key to success and happiness. I too feel the interaction with the blogging not only helps us to know each other better, but increases our base of knowledge as well.

      It’s good to see you today and hope your weekend was well; I’ll get over to your place later.

  3. Good morning Bill.

    To follow up on Riley’s idea, insatiable curiousity will take each of us a long way! And, to quote General Shinseki, “If you don’t like change, you’re going to hate being irrelevant.”

    The more you are committed to learning, the more you are able to teach. What better gift could there be?

    Have a good week my friend.

    • Two good points Kevin: “If you don’t like change, you’re going to hate being irrelevant.” This is so true; you might resist change, but the more you do the more you will become irrelevant.

      Also, The more you are committed to learning, the more you are able to teach. At the end of the day what a better way to give back. Even though my kids didn’t think so at times, you do accumulate a certain amount of wisdom through all this and what a great gift to share.

      Sounds like you had a great time in Chicago; glad to have you back. Thanks for stopping by today.

  4. Bill this was great! I love “knowledge sustains conversations…” It reminds me of a quote from Bette Midler when she said she knew enough to be a lively dinner guest for a two course meal. The first course she visited with the person on her right; the second with the person on her left and then it was all over because she’d used herself up.

    I would have loved to have met your grandmother. It sounds like maybe that’s where you get your interest in life, people and new things (like social media) AND…the thing that really keeps us open to newness, the positive spirit that envelopes everything you do!

    I hope I approach life in somewhat the same spirit. And always, with the goal of understanding today just a little more about people, places, things and ideas than I did yesterday.

    • Hey Mimi, hope you had a great weekend and good to see you today.

      I loved the Bette Midler quote; whew, that’s all I got after two people…………:).

      My grandmother (who was Mimi BTW) was one feisty lady. My grandfather was a Church of God minister traveling the state of Florida starting up churches, so my grandmother ran the house; 6 boys & 1 girl. She was barely 5′ tall but she commanded respect from her children all throughout her life. She was a no-nonsense lady……

      I think that is a good approach to understand just a little bit more each day. This is what allows us to gain wisdom as we ‘mature’………..not grow older………

      Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great week planned.

  5. Hey Bill!

    I believe that we should never stop learning. If we do, we might become complacent and there’s so much in this world to know about! I’ve always eaten up as much info as I can about other countries and cultures. Now, technology makes that information just a click away.

    Speaking of technology, starting an online business has opened so many new doors to me. Now I’m learning all about the realm of social media, blogging and making connections in a whole new way.

    Learn on, my friends:)

    • I too like the way this has opened up a more global/international platform to learn about so many different people and cultures. We should be able to use this for world peace, right?

      Instead of being stuck in front of TV mindlessly watching, I much prefer developing relationships.

      Good to see you today Alicia; I loved your post this weekend.

  6. Ahhh….

    OK. I do keep an open mind, and yes, my expressions of delight on learning something new are childlike (not to mention I can’t stop saying, “Ooh, look at that!” every few seconds when we’re on a scenic drive… that never, NEVER gets old to me, and my husband loves it).

    But I’d be lying if I said it didn’t tire me sometimes. I’ll never learn too much – that will be impossible – but sometimes the extremely fast-paced world in which we live in does tire me, and those are the times I wonder if I could perhaps rewind the clock, just a little bit.

    However, being who I am, I snap out of it after a while (and after giving myself some downtime, which is usually what I have to do when I start to feel like this). Because there’s something new waiting to be found.

    • I don’t disagree with you; sometimes enough is enough and you just need to be able to step back and catch your breath every once in awhile. Also, it moves so rapidly I’m afraid I might miss something and not enjoy the journey as much as I should.

      I like the expressions of delight and keeping a childlike perspective on new and beautiful things; it certainly keeps you young at heart.

      Do you think if you exercise your brain too much your head will get bigger? I probably don’t have to worry about that…………:)

      So good to see you and I’m always thrilled when you take the time to comment as well. I hope you had a great weekend and a super week planned ahead.

      I’m sure I’ll see you again this week.

  7. Hi Bill,

    I have graduated from a University with a masters degree in Political Science, but it felt like I hadn’t almost learned anything. Because, all it really did to my brain, was that it understood how little I actually knew. The more I read about a topic, the more new books I discovered, and it felt like it was an unlimited amount of knowledge.

    The same goes for marketing, or whatever type of knowledge I am looking for. The more blogs I discover, the more brilliant people I discover, it just seems that there are an unlimited amount of everything :)

    I remember the fax machine as well, and my first computers (the Vic 20, and then the commodore 64, they were fantastic!)

    I love to learn new stuff and embrace all types of knowledge, but I do my best to focus, since I have discovered that I can only learn a small amount of whatever I am focusing on :)

    Jens

    • It is funny how it can take you down many different paths. Sometimes you need to straight line it to make sure you stay on task at times.

      In addition to book knowledge, life knowledge is so important as well. That is why people fascinate me and I draw energy from that.

      My wife wonders why I’m on the computer so much at times, but would much rather be there than in front of the TV. Talk about brain dead……….

      Good to see you Jens, I’ll be by your place a little later. Hope your day is going well.

  8. Great post Bill! It is scary how fast things are changing! When our kids were small the latest technology was digi-pets and now they both have cell phones, lap tops iPods…What they learned in High School we studied in university!

    I’m an autodidact. I had to learn that word because it so much describes how I like to learn. I love that we have libraries – huge buildings filled with books we can take out for FREE! LOL And now with the Internet – there’s no end to the learning we can do! Top that off with the inspiration available from posts such as this and your grandmother was right – these ARE the good old days! :-)
    Lori

    • And only getting better, right?

      Shonali made a good point in that sometimes you just want to step back to catch your breath because it can seem incredibly fast and busy at times.

      I’m all in; I might not be an early adopter on a lot of this but I’m certainly curious enough that I want to be a part of it. Universities, libraries; are these buildings going to become obsolete at some point in time?

      So good to see you today; I really liked your post.

      Hope your day has gone well.

  9. Hey Bill,

    As soon as something becomes the standard (fax machines), it’s changed (email). Personally, this keeps it exciting and challenging. But besides that, I love peeling out the life lessons from my day to day experiences. I love learning from older and wiser people who inspire me to be better and learn more.

    There are times when things seem to change a little too quickly…like my kids. My youngest last month was always wanting to rub my ears (that’s her thing, like some kids suck their thumbs…she likes to rub daddies ears), and now she likes to roll her eyes at me if I ask her to do something. Wow! And technology seems to move at a similar pace.

    • It was a sad day indeed when my youngest didn’t want to crawl up in the chair with me anymore; those moments are precious.

      So, are you looking for this older, wiser guy to inspire you or you want to just run before it’s too late……………:)

      People have a tendency to allow TV to provide all their learning; and reality TV at that.

      This world has a lot to offer (as you referenced in your Disney post) so hopefully you jump in with both feet and maximize all the tools available to you.

      Good to see you buddy and hope your day has gone well. I do appreciate you taking the time to stop by.

  10. Bill, you touched upon why I want to live to be a 1000. I have a million things that I want to learn how to do. But I don’t want to settle for knowing a little, I want to become an expert in all of them.

    I want to do more than be a tourist, I want to be a resident. I think that the day I give up on learning will be the day that I lay down in the middle of the street and invite traffic to run over me.

  11. To answer your question about being at the optimal level of knowledge…nope…never. If I could, I would…

    …get a Masters in Math…and maybe Art History.
    …learn to play the piano and maybe the drums
    …write something, which requires spending a year in old libraries digging through leather books.
    …take up curling
    …get a black belt in something.
    …build a super efficient house with wind, solar, and geothermal power.
    …take a drawing course.
    …get a cat.
    …spend a week or three at a Jack Nicholas Golf academy.
    …spend a month at a Nick Bollitari (sp?) tennis camp.
    …date a hottie with poor vision and low standards.
    …take a cruise around the world.
    …spend a month taking photographs in Vietnam.

    There is too much to do, to ever want to stop learning.

    Loved the post.

    • Quite the list and I could put about 1/2 of those on mine as well. I might have to pass on the masters in math.

      I concur there is just too much to do to stop learning. Whereas the body might not be as willing on some of the physical stuff you get to a point where you more than make up for it in wisdom.

      I’d probably have to add backpack through Europe and Far East.

      Thanks for your thoughts and taking the time to drop by; good to see you. I hope your day went well.

  12. In the end, isn’t all growth steeped in learning? If you’re not learning, you’re really not growing. IMHO, the catch is to make sure you spend enough time learning about yourself as you do about external things. Easier said than done, I admit. :)

    As for external learning, the information age is an amazing time to live in, but it presents the very unique challenge of having to choose what to learn from way too many options.

    Always nice to see your philosophical side Bill!

    • What did Shaq call himself; the big Aristotle? I think learning as much about yourself is just as important as external learning.

      Just like social media can be like drinking through a fire hose, learning can be the same way because you have so many options and avenues to chose from.

      I like options though; it’s exciting to me.

      Good to see you Adam; I appreciate the Florida tweet shout out. Hope your week is looking good for you.

  13. Hi Bill,
    Whoever said “everything has been invented” must have had a brain the size of a peanut.
    At one point people thought that the earth is flat and a candle was the only source of light. At one point future generations will laugh at our level of “knowledge”. What we know is only one grain of a vast sands of Sahara. There are gazillions of grains left to be explored.
    And even what we think is truth, may not be truth at all.
    So, yes keep your eyes wide open. The journey continues.
    Cheers,
    Derek

    • I like your ‘what we think is truth, may not be truth at all’. It’s going to be a shocker when we find out we really descended from aliens, right?

      I also agree what we know is only one grain in the sands of Sahara. Just like our brains, we just scratched the surface of it’s potential.

      Thanks for weighing in and I appreciate you coming by today. I hope your day was well.

  14. My head is killing me! I love learning new things; it’s a bit of an addiction of mine. However, like Shonali, I can get overwhelmed and end up feeling tired, or worse, completely confused by it all. That’s when I put the breaks on and work on mastering what I’ve learned so far, gaining a comfort level that will then allow me to make room for the next new thing.

    Like Jk mentioned, the worst part of all of this is seeing my little one zoom right by me. I found some pics on the computer the other night of her when she was about 10 months old. What a chub!!! I even had a few videos…you think I’m cute, you should see her! A ham beyond hams. And now, the chub is gone, the sass is huge and I am blown away by how much she learns every hour of every day. Her enthusiasm for learning is amazing. That’s the stuff that we should bottle!

    Lovely post, Bill. Enjoyed it very much.

    • Thanks for the kind words and stopping by. We still have pics on the fridge of when my two boys were very little and playing with each other. Of course, now both of them are bigger than me and out of the house. It does seem to slip on by.

      Part of you feels like ‘how can I even retain all this’, but our mind is pretty amazing and you are actually absorbing more than you think.

      Yes, your brain can hurt at times and that is when it’s ‘wine time’ and totally disengage from everything. I also think you do have to take the time to master what you have learned to derive the most benefit.

      Thanks for sharing the story about your little ‘chub'; it was very cute.

      I hope you week is shaping up well and you are not texting and driving……….:)

  15. Technology kind of scares me..and it always seams when ever I get my head around 1 thing, there is another 3 things to learn. Would you believe me if I told you the iphone and blackberry go over my head..not least for how intrusive they are. However I think the day you are fed up of learning, or worse ,think there is nothing left you to learn..you may as well pack up and go home. Nicely done here Bill, your style and voice is so defined now..I LOVE IT

    • That was a nice thing to say, thank you so much.

      Some technology gets really deep and you do have to be somewhat of a geek to figure it out. However, most of the gadgets at least on the entry level, are set up so any knucklehead like myself can just pick it up and use it. I might not maximize it’s use, but at least I can turn it on (I hope)……………..:)

      I hope you are getting settled in to your new digs and it is working out for you.

      It is always a pleasure to see you and I really appreciate your support.

      I hope your week is going well.

    • Oh yeah, thanks for the compliment about the voice; wonder what people would think if I started writing w/ the raw emotion you have at times………….

  16. I’m the curious, inquisitive (nerdy) type when I find something interesting. When I was a kid, I would look through a single volume of the encyclopedia for hours to learn new things. I could never get my hands on enough books–I was always at the limit at the local library. If I wanted to know about something, I would read a book about it. I remember asking my Dad about how the game of football worked, so he bought me the Encyclopedia of Sport (once he explained the basics). I just like to understand how things work, whether I participate or not.

    Now it’s so much easier. If I’m unsure about something, I Google it. I can get books dowloaded wirelessly to my Kindle in seconds. The information is out there and easily accessible, we just have to decide how much of it we should learn.

    Thanks for sharing Bill!

    • I’m like you, I like to dig in and try to figure it out myself. And of course w/ Google, you can find just about anything you want these days.

      Fortunately, my mother taught me the love of reading early on. Whereas, I might not be the sharpest tack in the box, I feel being well read gives the impression I might be a lot smarter than I really am……….:)

      I love to learn as I certainly want to be in the ‘know’. I hope I never lose that.

      I really enjoyed your last post; that was really well done.

      I hope your week is going well and I’m sure I will bump into you later. Take care….

    • In fact, don’t you do a ‘tech’ type blog? I think I’ve seen you preview some ‘stuff’ before.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by; it really is appreciated. I also appreciate your comments.

      I hope you are still enjoying your journey and it has you going in the direction you intended.

      Have a good one……….

  17. Hi Bill

    I enjoy researching and learning. In fact I have to be careful I don’t get information overload at times lol

    Sometimes I just have to take a deep breathe and go smell the lavenders before I go back to more learning.

    Patricia Perth Australia

    • I love that analogy; ‘take a deep breathe and go smell the lavenders’, because it will certainly relax you and get your mind in a good place, huh?

      So good to see you; I know you’ve been busy on ‘business’ stuff and hope it is going well for you. It’s always a good day when you have the time to drop by.

      I hope your week is going well.

  18. How did I miss this? Musta’ been the Skype:)

    I. LOVE. TO. LEARN. I am a voracious lifelong learner, and I liken learning to peeling the layers of an onion. There are just so many layers to unpeel. Sometimes they make you cry, but that’s OK. Just keep peeling, then pick up another onion, and continue the journey.

    I think there’s a big difference between knowledge and wisdom. Many people have tons of knowledge, but that doesn’t mean they’re wise. Wisdom comes from knowing how and when to apply that knowledge. And wisdom comes from experience.

    I usually have multiple (real live) books on the go, I’m constantly combing the internet for “new stuff”, and I like to challenge myself by going outside my own knowledge and comfort zone. While I was at the doctor’s office the other day, I read all about scuba diving, and how important it is to focus…no multi-tasking! (you know that multi-tasking is a pet peeve of mine). I was going to “borrow” the magazine; might still go back and do so.

    Just goes to prove…there are learning opportunities everywhere, And if you take a child-like approach with wide-eyed wonder (which I do), it never gets stale…for me, at least. Cheers! Kaarina

    • Hey you, see you have a new post out and I’ll be by later. If you would have already signed up w/ Triberr, Marianne and I could have been pimpin’ for you……just sayin’…..

      Yes, I know some people who are extremely smart and knowledgeable but I don’t think I would consider them blessed with wisdom.

      I too love to learn and read many, many different topics; some obscure, but you never know when you will pull some crazy piece of trivia out to impress everybody.

      I don’t think I’m smart in the brilliant sense, but I think I’m smart enough because I am well read and can converse on a pretty broad range of topics by being able to at least ask questions.

      Good to see you today and hope it has been going well; I really enjoyed our face to face convo yesterday. We will certainly do it again.

      Talk to you soon.

      • Just got back from the “big city” and am heading over to accept your kind invitation to Triberr. I have no clue how it works, but I guess I will LEARN, winkwink.

        I really enjoyed our Skype convo, and am looking forward to the next one. Canada Day long weekend for us, as you have your holiday weekend too! Enjoy:) Cheers! Kaarina

  19. Bill – what a great topic and all the fantastic comments have had me nodding in agreement!
    I have, on occasion, been accused of trying to learn too much. Hm. I just don’t think it’s possible. It’s part of who I am and what I love to do. Like JackB, I don’t want to be a tourist, I want to be a resident. Awesome!
    And like Shonali & Erica talked about the knowledge and the potential overload – I can definitely get there. It doesn’t last long, but sometimes I just feel like my brain shuts down for a break to process everything.
    The people that I gravitate toward are those striving to learn. Which is why I’m in this business – it requires constantly staying ahead and looking for the trends and opportunities for ourselves, our members, and their/your clients & employees. The learning opportunities are abundant!

    Like the comment upgrade – now I get a picture rather than a quilt square. : )

    • Yay, no quilts…………:)

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your nice comments. I’m probably doing this backwards (imagine that) but I will have a title run through my mind and I will plug it into drafts on WordPress. During the week I will come back and decide which one I want to develop a story around. So far, so good but I do want to start building a ‘reserve’.

      Sometimes enough is enough and you just need to take a break; but if you are inquisitive and eager to learn it doesn’t take long to get back in the right frame of mind.

      I believe if you gravitate toward those striving to learn it creates excitement and you always have good things to talk about.

      It’s good to have you back and hope your week is going well.

  20. I think this is Nature vs Nurture but I could be wrong. I am always hungry for new knowledge which is ironic because being a Taoist I should not be complicating my life with information about things that have no bearing on my life, like String Theory lol.Or that I like reading every article in the Economist because knowing about the economic problems due to poor governance in some small country in Africa that I probably won’t visit for at least a year or twenty.

    That said my brain sometimes hurts from overload. I think it is more from the pressure/stress of having so much to do work-wise and not having the help of a business partner or employees etc. Just want to curl up with a Scotch and watch South Park or watch the gazillion fireflies out in the field in the back after dark.

    • Speaking of South Park, the South Park Mexican wants to know why you are using his moniker (SPM). You know he’s a gang banger, right? I told him you were from Jersey though, so it seemed to calm him down.

      Taoist, huh; I guess that probably went over as well as you deciding to quit being a suit in the banking world? Compassion, moderation and humility is certainly something to follow however, and I would like to think maybe I have Taoist tendencies too.

      It is hard trying to be the one-man show; but partners and employees bring on a completely different set of challenges at times.

      I will chase obscure articles as well; you never know when that little bit of trivia will get you a free beer or something, huh?

      Fireflies are cool. When I was in college in Tallahassee at Florida State, my roommate was pretty naive and definitely not an outdoors guy. After he had gone to bed, I went outside and caught a firefly and stuck it under his door. We were in the living room watching TV and about 30 minutes later he comes busting out of his room all excited trying to tell us there was something blinking in his room. Needless to say (and we had probably been smoking as well), we fell out on the ground laughing so hard my sides hurt. It didn’t take much to humor us………

      Good to see you today; I haven’t read the business article yet but headed there now. Hope all is well.

  21. Hi, Bill.

    I like your question, “Do you like to keep an open mind with child-like discovery?”, because that is precisely how I want to proceed in life. As I grow older, I will always think of myself as 18 with 16 plus years of experience and learning. :)

    If we look at the world through the eyes of a child, we will all be filled with wonder of discovering amazing and new things. Although a lot of them would be obsolete in the next couple of years, what matters is we learned about them, experienced them and savored them while they lasted.

    And, about your allusion to Superman, well…I must say, you are my modern-day and much improved version of Christopher Reeves. :)

    • Mild mannered by day, super hero by night, huh? Yikes……………:)

      It’s funny how much your early years in school shape your frame of references. I don’t know how many times I go back and think of something and using that as a starting point. I might not have been as eager to learn then (because I was knucklehead) but I sure am now.

      You make a good point by savoring them now; that’s part of enjoying the journey along the way and knowing it is not a destination, but a continuous journey.

      I do appreciate you coming by and your kind words, and hope you are having a fantastic day.

      • Hmm…I don’t know, Bill. It seems to me that you are a super hero anytime of the day. :) At least to a great number of us who have been witness to your super (social) powers. ;)

  22. Hi Bill,
    Great post and questions. I don’t think that you ever can stop learning something new even though some people try not to learn. There are a lot of times I feel totally full in my head, I could scream, it feels that I can not get anything more in it but yet new information and knowledge approaches me and I keep taking in everything with a child’s mind.

    I wonder how people experienced life and learning maybe 100 years ago? Were they frustrated of something? I wonder how they managed to handle the urge of finding answers, if they had any urge of that kind at all???

    • Well, I might can shed some light on that because I did have a grandmother who was born in 1898 and passed in 2001; she was 102 years old. We talked about lights, the car, the telephone and TV. Each and everyone a pretty ‘wow’ moment. They did have moments of thinking what else can there be.

      My grandmother worked hard all her life and she was the first to say all the new modern conveniences were a blessing and very much appreciated.

      Sometimes the ol’ noggin’ does feel full and you just want to shut it down for awhile. However, it shutting it down means sitting in front of the boob tube and this is your sole information source; you are probably turning to mush instead of growing.

      I do appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leaving a comment. Wherever you are in your journey I hope it has been enjoyable.

  23. I am doing my White Rabbit impression again Bill – ‘I’m late, I’m late” so apologies for just joining in this conversation at this late stage!

    I have been around long enough to see most of these amazing technological changes and have to chuckle at some of the early efforts that we used to marvel at. Like Shonali Erica and a few of your other commenters while I love to learn I find myself being overwhelmed by the pace of new information arriving in my brain.

    As well as making sure I switch off the brain I also would say that I just have to accept that I can’t possibly take it all in and try to apply a filter so that I absorb only what might be useful. That in it’s itself is hard with so many new shiny toys appearing all the time. I never want to stop though – I still have that child like wonder when I watch or read something about our wonderful universe and it’s origins, I don’t always understand but that doesn’t stop me trying.

    Thanks for another thoughtful post Bill, you always seem to come up with a topic that stimulates the old grey matter.

    • That’s a good attitude Tony; I think some of us get to a certain generation and you almost just want to throw your hands up. However, I think the eagerness to jump in and at least try it keeps us young in heart and spirit.

      I don’t understand a lot of it, but most of it is somewhat user friendly at least on the basic level. There are probably many levels I need to explore with some of these toys, but time comes into play as well.

      I do appreciate you stopping by; I know you are out there as well making the rounds and it can be like herding cats trying to touch everybody.

      Good to see you and hope all is well.

  24. Hi, Bill.

    I have always believed that the day we stop learning is when we are already dressed to the nines and placed inside a casket. Maybe, even then learning may still continue, right? In another place perhaps? I learned a lot of stuff at Uni myself, but what I learned then are backed by the more practical lessons I am getting from experience and from other people. There are great many avenues where we can learn something.

    • Kind of like sleep, huh? We can do plenty of that when we are in the pine box…….:)

      I think uni taught me how to be social; at least that’s what I told the job recruiters what I excelled in since it obviously wasn’t academics.

      Many, many avenues for learning and I like to explore as many as time will allow. The internet sure opened up access to all this; really incredible………

      Thanks for dropping by Wes, hope to see you later.

  25. Fantastic stuff Bill! I can tell you’re one of those who looks around at all these new inventions, wandering what on Earth happened to the Sega Mega-Drive ;-)

    I think this is part of the huge life-movement known as ‘change’, and that no matter how much we become attached to something, no matter how much it seems cool and hip and awesome, something which is newer and cooler will always come along, eventually, and blow it out the water.

    Such is life. Life always moves on. The hardest part is keeping up with it :-)

    • The challenge is, change used to come about more slowly. You could adapt, adjust and then move on. Now, it is up in your face quickly.

      In my day job, it was really slow to change; almost like the school system. With the advent of technology and social media it has really picked up the pace which is a good thing (if you are ok w/ change).

      I love it; it keeps me energized.

      I got your request in LinkedIn and will get over there later and take care of it. Getting ready to walk out on a nice, big appointment this morning and I’m expecting very good things. I’ll keep you posted……

      Have a good one.

  26. OK, I want to know how come you have 64 comments. Not only are you learning, but you’ve created something here that is pretty impressive. If you’re on this ride, your post above is kaphlooey; toss it out the window b/c every day is sprinkled with new learnings, and it’s so frustrating to master the tech to keep us in front. Like your work outs, when you think you’ve got it, the apps change, the developers update WordPress (but how would you know you’re on the OTHER platform), and then you start anew.

    Sigh…it’s exciting, frustrating, tiresome, amazing, and where are we going?

    • I never have any idea who will show up; I can tell you at least 10 sometimes visitors who didn’t. Does that mean they are gone; didn’t like the post; too busy; etc, etc, etc. I just never know what will resonate or they are just dropping by because they like me. I do think about it, and then again I try not to think too much about it.

      I guess I’m always looking for validation and when some comment that they like the post or my writing style, then I need to just take it at face value and accept it. Go with the flow.

      I’m always eager to learn; it might not be pretty at times, but I will try. It really does energize me.

      I really thought your despair post was excellent and loved the Q & A w/ Jack. Now that guy has some depth and it has been a pleasure getting to know him.

      I hope all is well and you have a great long weekend…….oh wait, if you are working from home you really don’t get days off, huh? Have a good one…….:)

  27. I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning.

    I remember when Elise did a post over at her place and asked people if they remembered when Facebook, YouTube and Twitter didn’t exist! I really laughed hard at that one Bill and told on myself there. Heck, I remember when computers didn’t exist. HELLO!!!

    I remember when I taught my parents how to use the computer. My 86 year old mother emails me everyday. Now that’s progress and someone always remaining open to learning new things.

    It’s funny but my brother made the same comment the other day about the fax machine. He’s had his for over 20 years and imagine this, it quit working. Someone wanted to send him a fax but he told him he wasn’t investing in another fax machine when it might get used two times a year. We’re in the 21st century people!

    I use to not like change at all, it was uncomfortable. But as we progress through life and things evolve we can look back and wonder what the heck we ever did without some of this stuff. So now, bring it on. I’m excited about the next thing I get to learn.

    As always, enjoyed visiting your place for the day. I love your posts and how you make us think sometimes about things we probably wouldn’t have. There ya go again, getting our brains to working. Now that’s a very good thing. :-)

    See ya later,

    Adrienne

    • Because change used to come about so slowly I think our generation and our parents generations resisted it the most at first. However, even though ‘technology’ itself can be daunting, most of these gadgets are pretty user friendly. Meaning with just a little bit of training our parents and grandparents can get on the internet and send e-mails; that’s fantastic.

      I do want to embrace learning as it keeps me connected, young at heart and energized. It can be fun if you let it.

      So good to see you and hopefully your PR takes care of itself; I think you are still in good stead.

      Hope you have a great weekend.

  28. Hi Bill,

    I just wish I possessed my current level of curiosity when I was, say 20 years old. But I was focused on too many other things during that period of my life. I think I’m making up for lost time and still trying to catch up. We can never reach the optimal level of knowledge of course, and I love learning new things, web programming, history, math, you name it. I just promised my youngest son I would learn guitar with him. Now that sounds like a blast. And I do want to learn a second language. That’s been a goal for too many years.

    The way technology is advancing the digital landscape will be unrecognizable in 10, heck five years. Back in my day pong was a high-tech. Crap, I’m dating myself! But the technology these kids now have at their disposal. Oy! Next year at my oldest son’s high school they’ll all be receiving their own ipads. I’m one of those Apple fan boys so am a bit jealous.

    We have done our best to instill a love of reading and thankfully both kids still love to read actual books. Good old fashioned, printed books.

    What is amazing and so great is the level of expertise out here in the good old blogosphere. Learning something new every day just visiting your house and others.

    Now … just to keep up with it all …

    • I think it’s like sports; I hear aging athletes say if I just would have had the wisdom I have now as when I started. I too was chasing too many things other than knowledge back then even though it was my college years. It certainly was where I perfected being ‘social’……………..:).

      I got your info on the hosted sites and will be checking them out; I might be pulling the trigger here soon.

      Even though it does seem overwhelming at times I think you will develop a pattern and be able to handle the core stuff you want to do and get to the rest when you can. You will find in the big scheme of things it really doesn’t matter; life will go on in here whether they see you everyday or not.

      Personally, I have seen somewhat of a ‘shift’ here in the last 30 days as some have cut way back; and some turned out to not be who they purported to be so I’ve limited my contact with them. It’s all a learning experience and at the end of the day you control the ‘button’ of who is in and who is not in this crazy little world.

      I’m still enjoying the journey and it is an ever changing landscape; I hope you are as well and hope you have a great 4th; be safe.

      • How about you and I agree that those college times were years of perfecting our “social arts” ;-)

        It will be interesting to see where you go when you do pull that trigger and transfer your site from WP.com. I always enjoy coming here and am looking forward to whatever changes you have in store.

        I would love to learn more about the “shift” you mention.

        Regardless, you have SOME traffic. I remember when I first started reading Zen Habits. When Leo started that little blog I don’t think he had the amount of comments you do. That’s very cool.

        Thanks again, Bill. Hope you and yours have a great 4th as well.

    • When I say shift, there was a certain vibe I felt coming in and everything was new, exciting and fun. As time progressed, I’ve seen people drop out and I’ve seen others evolve into different people. I have nothing against trying to maximize your presence and it might not be the warm, fuzzy it was when you first got in, but your core values should never change. Otherwise, I feel maybe you weren’t being truthful to me up front and so I might question your motives going forward.

      No big deal and just me ‘over thinking’ I’m sure, but there have been a couple of buddies I used to hang with that now it’s obvious to me I was doing all the ‘heavy lifting’ so I did decide to move on. The proof in the pudding is, they don’t even know I’m gone. You might be busy, but trust me you are always aware of who is coming and going.

      Sorry for the rant, I guess I just miss them and a little disappointed it wasn’t a real relationship to them.

      Go ahead, break out the violins or call the whaaaambulance and I’ll quit bitching. Gini did say you needed to have thick skin in here and that is true at times. I’m ok w/ the broad shoulders, I don’t do too well w/ thick skin.

      Only moving forward buddy, and I’ll be checking out the hosted sites. Let me know if you have any questions about anything. I might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I hang w/ them………:)

      • Doesn’t sound like over thinking to me, just being human and wondering exactly what those motives were. I like coming here because of your honesty, so bitch away. Here’s to moving forward!

      • I’m sending the violins and whaaaaaambulance. Just kidding! We’re all perfectly entitled to our feelings: we own them, and I can’t stand it when someone says, “don’t take it personally.” Like how else should I take it?

        I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the whole “social media” thing is like romance: heady, exciting and exhilarating in the early days of courtship. Thrilling during the engagement. After the marriage…well, that’s when reality sets in. I think we all come to a time and place where, like Erica Allison said: we learn where to draw the line, figure out who’s “real”, and go from there.

        And hey! You stole my broad shoulders line:) You know now I’m gonna’ have to send the bears and the ninja warriors.

        It’s Happy Canada Day here, and I’m just catching up on the 300+ emails I came home to, eegads. And see…you were top of the list. Cheers! Kaarina

  29. I miss the good of the old days Bill. A little. Short example: personal calls/business at work. Miss a little of that work ethic that didn’t allow those constant interruptions and time wasters, which is now accepted in the name of making up for longer hours and ‘life balance.’ What can I say, I’m cranky old chick.

    I like the technology, but am wary to use it and not let it use me. Agree that knowledge keeps you relevant. I do like and keep plan to learning; I can get sucked into a documentary or news program fairly easily, depending on what it’s about. I read so much online, and still have that nagging feeling I’m always missing out.. because as you, there is ALWAYS something epic happening on the Interwebz, like new kitten videos. ;-) FWIW.

    • I can be cranky at times as well, but instead of being that crotchety old guy I try to do a good job of just going with the flow. Sometimes it’s like, ‘can’t we just take a one year moratorium’ and see if I can catch up?

      There is a very fine line of not letting technology use us instead of using it and enjoying it. It can be addictive and I’m sure it has been the root cause of work and relationship problems.

      I’m still waiting for the documentary proving it was alien’s who built all the pyramids around the world before we had tools and knowledge and about half of us are descendants (incl @howiespm).

      Thanks for dropping by as it is always a pleasure; hope you have a fantastic 4th.

      • “There is a very fine line of not letting technology use us instead of using it and enjoying it. It can be addictive and I’m sure it has been the root cause of work and relationship problems.”

        –Sounds like a great blog topic to me!

    • Davina, I’m so with you. I never want the tail to be wagging the dog, where I’m at the mercy of the tools. That’s why I’m a big believer in “sequential unitasking”!

      And don’t even get me going on the “life balance” thing. In my opinion, balance is B.S. The only time we’re balanced is when we’re dead. Just wrote a piece over at Neicole Crepeau’s Friday Fives about that. I say: embrace imbalance! Cheers! Kaarina

      • Yes, I did ‘borrow’ the line; I thought you were gone so assumed it was open game. If you keep your eyes open, you might see it again real soon.

        Happy Canada and bears day.

  30. I feel that you have to have an open mind and a very open heart. It leaves you in a constant whirl of wonder and excitement. With an open mind, you get fresh ideas. With an open heart, you stay FOREVER YOUNG!! What the point in having a closed mind if your only way to happiness is an opened one?

    • I couldn’t agree more Jonathan; open mind and open heart is very important. Yes, it might leave you vulnerable at times but that’s living, right?

      I’m glad you took the time to stop by and leave your two cents worth; very much appreciated.

      Wherever you are in your journey I hope it has been a good one for you.

  31. Everything I needed to learn, I did NOT learn in kindergarten, and if anything the stakes go up.

    Knowledge is power, and in a knowledge worker world, what you don’t know can hurt you.

    And yet, I still find that ignorance is sometimes bliss ;)

  32. Yes, sometimes it’s nice to just blank white sheet it and be totally clueless……….:)

    Knowledge can create a lot of opportunities; or lack thereof can shut a lot of doors.

    I think kindergarten was more how (or how not to) play nice with others.

    Thanks for stopping by and I really appreciate you sharing your comments. Hope your journey has been a good one.

  33. Wow, Bill, thanks for plugging my blog, lol! Well, I clearly am not against learning new technology, I get excited about what’s around the corner. I believe we’re on the bring of a true technological revolution in how we communicate and all of the ways we do it now will seem ancient to our kids.

    Apart from technology, I still think it’s important to learn and develop a new skill set every so often. Twice in my adult life I had to start from scratch and learn everything all over again: when I became a mom and when I moved to England. My lesson is never to get too comfortable with where you are in life because it can all change quickly and you have to be able to adjust to your new role.

    Your posts are always thought-provoking, Bill. I truly enjoy reading them and thinking about them for a long time afterwards. I generally go back to your blog about three times before I comment. I like to read what others have said and to ponder your message. Can you tell I was a philosophy major in college? Never took a computer course, lol.

    Hope you are having a great 4th of July weekend! Do let us know where you end up when you move to your new site.

    • Hey Carolyn, good to see you. I thought I was pimpin’ your site………:).

      Thanks for the kind words and comments.

      It is already amazing with the consolidation of some of the tech w/ the all in one concept and that will only increase. Hold on to your hat, huh?

      Even though there is a cost associated with all this; it is still relatively cheap for the most part which allows access for many.

      I hope to move forward w/in the next couple of weeks w/ a hosted site. Then the fun begins, huh?

      Hope you are having a great weekend as well. See you soon.

  34. Hi Bill,

    I love to ride on technology (probably I am a geek) but I guess it can be harder for folks who are not in tune with latest tech to catch up.
    I don’t think we can ever learn enough and know all ( though I have seen people who claim as such). Life is all about learning and till the day we are alive, we will learn something new :)
    Just my two cents :)

    • And thanks for sharing your two cents………..one of the good things about technology, most of the gadgets and toys are designed for people to be able to pick it up, turn it on and use it.

      I think the older generations has a tendency to throw up their hands or just don’t want to take the effort to try something, but when they do usually they are all in.

      It excites me and it’s like drinking from a fire hose at times, but might as well embrace it, huh?

      Good to see you and hope you can make it by again. Take care……

  35. “When I was in school, we thought Pluto was a planet” is going to sound a lot like, “When I was in school, we thought the sun orbited Earth” soon, but the thing is, it was too long after I graduated from high school that folks changed their mind. It really is incredible the rate of information we’re acquiring in so many fields, but I think you made the great point that it isn’t significant until it’s actually learned by someone. It takes time and effort, no matter how minimal, to gain knowledge.

    • What? Pluto is not a planet…………..blasphemy…………..:)

      I think the information being discovered through genome testing is incredible. Even tracing it back to the proverbial ‘Eve’ and we all descended from a small black woman in Africa.

      There is definitely much more we will learn going forward and I’m sure many things we held as true will be dispelled. Next, they will be telling us the world isn’t flat or something……

      Thanks for your comments.

  36. Bill, I wholeheartedly identify with those last few lines of your post! To me, life is all about learning! I think traveling really bring out my desire to discover, just realizing how differently people live day to day. Blogging has also made a big difference because I use my blog as a venue for reflection — I’m constantly learning as I research blog posts and read/respond to comments.

    My educational background is in neuroscience research and some of the most branches of research have been in how adults can actually create new neurotransmitters, but it depends on learning entirely new things. We must get back to that child-like phase! =) Not only when we’re senior citizens and at risk of Alzheimer’s, but every single day of our lives! =)

    • Wow, that is pretty interesting; thanks for sharing.

      Learning takes patience at times but as long as you have an eagerness and desire it is much easier to embrace.

      I’m glad you use your blog for reflection; mine is more about things that make me ask ‘why’, but I too learn plenty from all this talent in the blogosphere.

      So good to see you and hope all is well. Hope you have a great weekend.

  37. Hey Bill, great post. Technology has evolution just like people, its a necessity we can only improve. The fear we can not master these new idea’s and concepts are what keep people from obtaining new knowledge.

    • The great thing is, most of the technology coming out these days is very user friendly; most you can pull right off the shelf and start using. It does help if you have an inquisitive mind and are eager and willing to learn.

      I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and comment. I hope your journey has been a good one.

  38. Hey Bill,

    I try to learn something new every day. I browse a lot of websites trying to find something that peaks my interest. I try to get into debates with my friends. I stay current with the news and my favorite shows are those on the Science channel.

    I think it’s extreeeeemely important to always keep an open mind and be ready to pick up something. The world is so scarily large. Every new piece of information reveals something new for you to learn; I love that feeling.

    Never stop the quest for knowledge. That’s it, that’s all.

    • The scary thing is, just think how much is out there that you don’t know. I agree, it is very important to keep an open mind and a willingness to learn. Once you stop that you continue to grow.

      Glad you took the time to stop by and comment; hope your journey has been a fulfilling one for you. Good to see you.

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