Always try to learn

in #worklast year

I've been into computers since I was very young. I got my first proper computer at the age of 8 and I've been spending most of my time in front of monitors since then. I went from being interested in video games to knowing how to repair my computer, to learning how to edit videos, edit images, code, use different Operating Systems and a few other things.

I learned all that on my own. This was mainly due to the fact that I hated bothering people and asking them for help, but also because I was frustrated any time I needed something done and I had to wait for someone to do it for me. I don't like waiting. I want to do all kinds of things with my time and just sitting around waiting is not something I enjoy doing.

I always thought that this type of attitude is present in most people but over the years I understood that it wasn't the case. A lot of people lack any motivation to learn something new, to get themselves interested in a new subject and to make an effort to develop a new skill. They just avoid all this and stick to what they know, unwilling to make an effort of any kind to understand something that is currently unknown to them.

One big thing I've noticed those around me avoid learning about is how to work with technology. I never understood why. Everyone has a phone, everyone has a Facebook account, everyone uses YouTube and WhatsApp, but not everyone knows how to properly use those websites / services or how to use the devices they own.

I've been annoyed many times with questions regarding very simple things such as changing a profile picture, copying a message, sending an image, sharing a video and many other similar things and I could never understand why so many people refuse to just learn how to do those things on their own.

It's not their lack of knowledge that confuses me, because I can understand that very well. Nobody is born with all the knowledge in the world. We all have things we know nothing about. What confuses me is the absolute refusal of some people to learn more about the things they do not understand well enough so that they can avoid having to wait for other people to take care of their problems.

Technology is only a single area in which I've seen this happen but there are many others.

I've seen people refusing to learn how to read contracts and how to understand what they're purchasing, people who later complained about the high amount of money they had to pay for the things they purchased without understanding all the details of the contract.

I've seen people refusing to learn to scan and pay for their groceries in shops, yet they were complaining about having to wait in line for too long to have their items scanned by a cashier.

I've seen people complain about life and their financial situation, people who were making quite a lot of money but had no idea how to save it and spend it, yet they refused to learn anything about money and how to work with it.

I never understood this and I doubt I ever will. If you have a problem all you have to do to solve it is to put a bit of time and effort into learning how to take care of it and then the problem goes away. It's not rocket science. It's the way life works. And yet people still refuse to do it.

So here's a bit of advice that I can give you that will help you regardless of who you are, where you live, what you do or what your living situation is - learn how to take care of your own problems. Learn new skills, learn how to use a computer, a phone, how to change your flat tire, how to scan items and pay for them on your own, how to read a contract, how to save money and any other thing that you are having problems with.

It's not that difficult, it doesn't require huge amounts of effort or time and it can help you make your life so much easier.