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Learning and Doing Are Part of the Same Process

Feb 24, 2012

by Brom Hoban, TSSA Director of Publications

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” - Henry Ford

Learning is a life-long process. Learning and changing, even in the self-storage industry, often involve technology, especially in the fast-paced 24/7 information-packed world we live in. And while learning new technology can be frustrating and challenging, it can also be very rewarding.

I recently installed some new software on my computer system designed for recording video “tutorials.” The software allows you to record whatever is on your computer screen and/or import other media. We’ll be sharing some of these tutorials online with you in the coming weeks and months.

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.” -Theodore Roosevelt

Like any new concept, it was a bit daunting at first. But fortunately, I quickly realized I had a variety of resources at my fingertips. The software had a help menu that I could search, and a toll-free number to call, as well as a large number of their own tutorials they had created online, addressing the various aspects of using the software.

After clicking around  a bit, watching some of the tutorials, and making half a dozen calls, I was ready to start. As I began to create my first project, one thing became clear: all the calls and videos were helpful, but it was the doing that really drove the process home.

“Experience is the teacher of all things”- Julius Caesar

As the project began to come together, navigating the tools and menus of the program became more and more familiar. What was once strange and intimidating became useful and familiar.

Technology, like any other aspect of learning, becomes more clear with practice.

So whether it’s posting an auction on the TSSA website, searching the TSSA Goldbook©, or learning how to master your management software at your facility, dive in and do it. You’ll find the swimming gets easier as you go.

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