Friday, May 11, 2012

Welcome, oh little one

What is the first thing you think of when you hear, "Welcome, oh little one?" A baby? That used to be my answer as well. Then I got to thinking. I posted a few days ago about guppies v. great whales. Along similar lines, anyone just starting out in their chosen career is really a baby. A baby playing with an older sibling or an adult, a grown-up who has been through what as a baby, they haven't yet come to realize. So, really, we have:

baby: beginner
adolescent: semi-experienced
adult: veteran

But in this ever changing technological world, I do believe veterans are illusions for how can one become an expert on something that is relentlessly shifting? We strive to master what is at hand and become an adult before it changes again and we are back to being the adolescent. Such is the vicious circle.

But through it all, we grow. We learn what is new, retain what is the old and combine it all in an attempt to revolutionalize that what we already know: we are all only babies in a nursery full of adolescents straining to become a veteran.

So, where does that leave us? Smarter and more well-rounded each day as we continually learn the many facets of our chosen career.


Anonymous said...

"Swimming upstream" in this business is part of the process and without changes, there is no growth add without growth you will get stale and live in stagnant water.

Let the tides move and the winds change, as long as we're willing to accept what happens, I think everything will proceed as it should.

Part of the writing high is seeing where it all ends up. Thank you for another great blog.

Starr Reina said...

Well said! I agree. Growth is vital in any industry, whether it be writing or technology. Sometimes 'seeing where it all ends up' is exhilarating. It reminds me of what Harley Davidson riders are known to say: 'It's not the destination, it's the journey.'

Thank you for your comment.

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