I am most intrigued by the idea that people don’t really know what is going on with their computers, and that these people are the ones who do the best thinking. The reason I say this is because we have all heard comments that the computer is a virus, and that there is a cure, but these comments are really from the tech professionals like myself.
I have always wondered why there is that vast difference between tech professionals and normal people. I think many tech people just like to get things done, and it’s because they are used to being in a hurry and don’t like the idea of time being wasted. On the other hand, I have always wondered why people who are just doing things like running a day-to-day business don’t understand what’s going on with their computers.
I mean, I know its a big difference, but I am of the opinion that there are many things we can do which are beyond the scope of being a tech professional. When I say “being a tech professional,” I mean it in the sense that your work involves understanding the inner workings of computers, networking, and how to make them do what you want them to do.
I’m sure some of you are thinking, “what the hell are you talking about? You’re a programmer, what does that have to do with anything?” I’ll let you in on a secret: it doesn’t, but it doesn’t have anything to do with it either.
Real tech is all about making your work easier. All you have to do is figure out how your computer can better do exactly what you want it to do. This includes networking, programming, and so on. In this sense, being a tech professional is just another form of self-awareness. Because you are aware of your own work, you have the ability to make it easier for others to do the same.
For example, in a typical day I’ll do a lot of programming, networking, and software development, and I’ll also have to learn to code, network, and program. But I’m not thinking about it or worrying about it. I’m just in the moment, doing work that needs to be done. The same is true of real tech professionals.
Technicians are self-aware. They have a self-awareness of their workflow. They know when they have to be on-site. They know when they have to be available to their clients. They are able to self-monitor their progress and make adjustments to their workflow in line with how they feel about it.
It’s the self-monitoring that I like most about them.
This is where the self-awareness comes into the picture. Self-monitoring is just a way of saying “Look at this thing and know what I’m doing.” You can’t really self-monitor if you can’t see yourself. So when you see someone doing something and you know that you can do that thing too, you know you can do it.
Self-monitoring can also be a way to keep yourself from being too self-conscious. The more we self-monitor, the more we will see ourselves doing things that we are not. This is why I like them so much, because they can be a bit silly. We can say, “I just drank some water, and I could have drunk a lot more.” And no one really cares. So we feel silly, and we know we can do this too.