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Should vs Need

Should you do something or do you need to? How long has it been since you’ve heard the retort, “shouldda, wouldda, couldda”? If you were to make lists of all the things you should have done, would have done, or could have done – those lists might stretch to the ends of the universe.

Yet we’re all guilty of it at one time or another. Let’s apply the concept to the world in 2020. The Covid shutdown has forced many people to work from home. While that is something has been involuntarily forced upon innumerable people, there is a side issue. Being forced to work from home, many people now find themselves having to learn how to use Zoom, Skype, Google Hangout, or some other such video conferencing platform. They have to. It now comes with the job. If you were to ask many of these same people six months ago about learning Zoom, et.al., they very likely might have said something to the effect, “Yeah. I should do that.” But they didn’t. And now they have to. How many times have you heard people talk about how they should upgrade other technological skills – such as Microsoft Excel? Probably not an isolated incident. Yet, do they do it? Most likely no. But when their job demands it, they are faced with having to take a crash course on the subject. A worse case scenario is the person who loses a job and then must explain to prospective new employers why they haven’t upgraded their skills. Procrastination is a favorite human past time. (Don’t kid yourself. Everyone has fallen victim to it at some time in their lives.) The more successful are those who don’t succumb… very often. It must be human nature. That may seem like an oversimplified conclusion, but, nonetheless, sadly virtually all of the evidence is pointing in that direction.

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