Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
Perhaps the best thing we can say about mistakes is, They’re learning experiences.
This past Spring, I realized the laptop I was using was — yikes! — three years old.
A dinosaur, in tech-speak.
And, while it wasn’t giving me any trouble, I knew Windows 10 was coming out soon. And with it, all kinds of interesting new apps and such.
So I started looking around, hoping to find a bargain.
And found a Dell I thought would fit my needs perfectly.
It was lightweight, compared to my previous machine. Had way more storage space and memory. Even had a fancy touch screen.
So I forked over my hard-earned money and took it home.
Where it sat, untouched, while I continued to use the old computer.
Because — I’m being totally honest here — I liked it way better.
Eventually, I started copying programs from the old to the new machine. Started setting up things the way I wanted them. Typed a few documents to see how the keyboard felt.
And, again being brutally honest, discovered its purchase had been a mistake.
By this time a mysterious noise was showing up. Sounded like a hair dryer from deep within my new laptop.
I Googled it and learned mine wasn’t the only one with a faulty fan. Hmmmm.
So I went online to chat with a representative from Dell, who told me they’d gladly take the machine back and install a new fan in it. The problem was, they’d need it for a minimum of 10 days!
How am I supposed to run a business without a computer for two weeks??
Then I called the store where I’d purchased it, but their policy bans technology returns after 14 days.
After grousing a bit and kicking myself in the rear, I decided to shop around for another laptop.
Something more dependable.
I prayed and researched, then decided on a new Toshiba.
Its keyboard fits my fingers. It’s got lots of power, memory, and speed.
No touch screen, but I wasn’t crazy about that feature anyway.
When I told my son Domer what I’d done, he was appalled. Predicted I was going to hate it and rue the day I bought it. Proclaimed it a ridiculous waste of money.
It works for me. It felt right, right out of the box. And I absolutely love it.
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. – John Powell