Friday, January 21, 2011

The Upgrade Equation

The Upgrade Equation. It's a mathematical quotient: How many times do "you" go into "upgrades" to equal "success?" Answer: constantly. But how?

Popular culture leads us to think we need to measure personal upgrades in two ways: 1) Purchase state-of-the-art technology... and 2) Learn how to use it – take classes, bug friends, get tips from colleagues and sweat over online tutorials. It's all good.

We buy. And we learn. Then a month later, enter that guy on the corner, online or at the computer store – Pssst! – the guy who has the ultimate upgrades just for you. It's the elastic nature of commerce. And we're lead to believe it's exactly what we need to equal success in whatever we do.

But friends, I humbly submit, there is a third essential and totally necessary upgrade that we're not always taught; because it's free. It's the ability our supercomputer (read brain) gives us to constantly upgrade our thought processes, knowledge and skills in art, intuition, poetry, process, wisdom, empathy, concepts, emotions and passion. Apart from being free, there's a reason this isn't highlighted on websites, stores and brochures. It entails making technology work for us instead of the other way around.

If we rely only on each new technology upgrade for our measure of success, are we not becoming more and more dependent on technological solutions (and its artificial support) for our definition of personal success?

If so, maybe we are really just trading canes for wheelchairs.

Rant over. :o)


  1. I don't, and never will!

    Great thoughts Rand, and great toon! :)

  2. Amen! I wish people would quit buying into this line of thinking and trying to force the rest of us to upgrade too!