Thursday, 14 May 2020 16:47

More of a Virtue Than Ever

Written by Dave Martin

I’ve been reminding myself this week, (between mumbling things I can’t repeat), that learning new things is good for you.

After working with PCs for 30+ years, I bought my first MacBook. I am investing some of the time freed up from postponed trips and speaking engagements to become proficient with basic video production.

I’ve used outside vendors in the past who have been great. Looking around, however, I realize that developing “in house” capacity might be wise.

Every creative friend I asked for advice preached that I need a Mac. So, I bit the bullet.

Now, I’m still using my PC’s for other work, but have vowed to become proficient with a Mac for videos.

To make things even more fun, my college freshman son insisted, “You can’t use a mouse. That’s ancient. Old guys use a mouse.” Okay, then.

I was about 3 minutes into learning my new computer when I began questioning why I took advice from a 19-year-old.

Before I could even begin deciphering the differences in how Macs operate, my blood pressure began rising. How do you “right click” on this thing without a mouse?!?

I found myself looking to do things the way I’ve always done them and being first frustrated, then angry, then a little regretful of my decision to try something new.

On Day 2, I thankfully remembered the health benefits of laughing at myself.

Well, a few hours of messing things up, and then another hour or so of YouTube videos got me borderline functional.

I’m still struggling with mastering the cool features I stumble upon, but I’m finally seeing the benefits others told me about.

I’ve been reminded that change, even change you know is for the best, can be mentally and emotionally draining.

That’s just human.

Most humans you know these days are dealing with change.

Some of it is minor. Some of it is major. Some of it is temporary. Some of it won’t be.

One of the more challenging traits for many driven leaders to exhibit is patience. That’s not always bad.

Impatience for getting things done, or making things right, or making things better is useful in accomplishing important and/or urgent things.

That said, a little patience with customers, peers, (and ourselves) in this time of disruption might be one of the most beneficial leadership traits we can demonstrate today.

Dave Martin is the founder of BankMechanics and can be reached at

This column first published in Financial Supermarkets, Inc.'s "Advantage Letter"

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