Take the fear out of using the best tool you own

Want to know why kids, especially really young kids, seem to be so good with computers? Kids lack fear. They don’t know any better. They just hammer away at those keys until something cool happens. That’s empowering ! If we all did that, we’d all be computer geniuses. Spend that kind of time at the piano, and you’ll be able to play anything reasonably well too.

Fear is a terrible thing. It keeps us from doing many things that could not only be really fun, but even enrich our life experience. So it is for some and their computers. Shortly after the New Year, calls come in from folks who decide it’s finally time to learn how to use that machine in the study. Some have had a computer for years, yet still barely know how to send and receive email.

That’s the equivalent of buying an expensive car, and not learning how to drive. Using a computer is really no different that using a car. Just as you don’t have to be a mechanic to drive a car, you don’t have to be a computer whiz to use a Mac (or PC). It’s simply a matter of putting in time at the keyboard.

So don’t see a computer as your enemy. It’s not sworn to make you look stupid. It will give you as much, and more, as you put into it (especially if it’s a Mac).