People are always looking for the new thing. It is “the grass is always greener” Concept. Many of us do this all the time. We look across at the new item or gadget and think… “man I really need that”.
The truth is we don’t get paid keeping up with the “Jones”. There is nothing to be gained from this mentality.
We should dig deep and scratch more than just the surface. Then just when we think we have something down or know all there is know… take a break. Come back to it in a day and dig deeper.
I had an experience once with an boss about a software program. I wanted the new version because… well it was the new version. He asked me to write a paper on why I thought we needed it. I of course did not write the paper. When I looked at the program it really wasn’t something we needed. I came to this conclusion because I wasn’t even using more than 10% of that software’s capabilities. So I decided to learn more about what we had and enhance my skills there.
This is similar to the basics in any skill. Take martial arts for instance. We are always round kicking. We are using it by itself and in combinations. For the rest of your training in striking… you WILL be practicing the round kick. “Why?”, because it is a foundation technique and part of a basic structure. It is so important that if we don’t keep working on how to make it better, we can’t even maintain it much less grasp other movements.
By taking a closer look at things we already know, we can find newer concepts and/or experiences. Not too long ago the best example of this was in the news. Think about this… we are all looking at the same night sky every day. Yet on this given day, Jupiter and Venus… two planets we all know about were actually going to be the closest we have ever seen.
Someone, somewhere took a closer look at something that we all know and can see. When they did this… they were able to not just see this amazing moment but even predict it!!!
Dig Deeper and find out more than you thought you knew by just exploring what is already in your grasp.