If you want to survive in the digital age, you need to be resourceful

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Sometimes I am asked questions I don’t know the answers to. So, I will Google it, and if the answer I get seems reasonable, I pass it on to the questioner.

In this age of instant gratification, it’s surprising that people aren’t aware of the information that’s available at their fingertips. Or, maybe they’re just lazy or don’t care.

If it’s a straightforward question, more often than not you can find accurate answers within a split second.

I understand. You need to be careful where you get your information from. These days, you have no idea whether you’re reading content that’s been written by someone publishing from their basement, or if you’re reading a scholarly article published by a doctor.

Now, you can make fun of those who are in their pajamas writing content in their basement all you want. The reality is these days many of these people are more credible and have a better lifestyle than you might imagine.

Sure, there are some of those Cheetoh-eating lazy slobs who don’t know anything too. Undeniably, there are also trolls.

It is important to consider the source. I can’t argue with that. But that doesn’t discount what many are doing when they share information online.

Ultimately, the onus is on you to do your due diligence. When did research become unimportant? Why is it not a routine part of gathering information? What is the education system doing that leads people to believe they don’t need to dig deeper into the answers they find?

Is this one area where people need to be more resourceful? Absolutely. But it doesn’t end there.

Most of the time, there are no dire consequences for getting your facts wrong. For instance, if you get a few dates and names wrong on your term paper, the most you’ll have to deal with is less than a perfect grade. If you mistake a carrot stick for a celery stick… oh well (unless you’re allergic to one or the other).

I find people are often the least resourceful where it counts most. The sad part is that there’s no excuse for it.

Let’s say you’re dealing with some issue in your relationship.

You are aware of counselors, right? And, even if you choose not to see a counselor, there are plenty of other options — psychologists, relationship experts, life coaches, books, podcasts, seminars, blog posts and articles… the list goes on.

Let’s say you’re trying to master your money.

Need I go on? You could ask for advice from your wealthy uncle or neighbor, start a business, invest, talk to an accountant, read Barron’s magazine and so on and so forth.

Why sit back and complain about your situation when all the information you need is right there staring back at you?

When it comes to some of our most pressing challenges, oftentimes, there aren’t any easy answers or instant cures. But if you’re willing to put in the time and effort required to improve your situation, it’s not as hard as it might seem.

If we want to survive the digital age, we need to be more resourceful. We need to be aware of the tools available and be proactive about utilizing them.

If we want to thrive in the digital age, then we need to engage in ongoing and regular study. No, your formal education doesn’t count.

There’s no way to keep up with everything. But it is possible to keep up with what’s important to you — your industry or area of study, the latest breakthroughs in health, ideas that will make relationships last, and more.

One action changes nothing. But if you do enough of the right things consistently for long enough, everything changes. We need to be willing to adopt a long-term mindset.

So, don’t stop exploring your options. There’s more available than you even know. You don’t need to be stuck. If you’re stuck, you might be choosing to be stuck.

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