June 20, 2011

Make It or Take It?

You have an opportunity to learn a new tool, technique or system that could help you with something you're working on, either professionally or personally.

There are two ways you can approach this opportunity. Both ways involve asking questions.

You could ask yourself (or anyone who will listen) questions like:

"What's wrong with it?"
"Why doesn't it do the things I think it should do?"
"How much will this cost me?"
"Won't this take more time?"
"Why can't I just use __________________? It's always worked fine for me in the past?"

The second, and some may argue, the better  approach would be to ask "How can I learn and apply this new tool (or system, dialogue or enhancement) to the benefit of my clients, my company and my industry?"

I guess it comes down to whether you like to focus more on the risk or effort you have to take or on the potential return on investment you stand to make.

Choose wisely.