The other day I unboxed a new product that I had full intentions of using liberally, a new 360 VR camera from Vuze.
My hope was that not only could it create a new experience on the vlog for my subscribers but that it also could allow me to insert myself into a nascent new economy that has a lot of promise and opportunity.
The challenge, of course, with being an early-adopter is that you can one, be easily distracted and two, can be severely disappointed with early-stage tech.
The latter was what I experienced with the Vuze and I’m not the only one: My brother got a Dead On Arrival system and even a few commenters have complained about similar experiences.
Not only that, Vuze sent my brother a replacement system but it was the wrong color! The customer support systems at Vuze are equally just as bad.
But that’s what happens with early adopter-syndrome and I’m actually quite thankful because I believe it would have been an unwanted distraction, especially considering the fact that I am focused 100% on many more important things (e.g. Family and Startup).
Easy distractions are the worst because they are… well, easy. But they are not without cost.
And it’s the cost which I’m protecting… mostly with my time which, again, needs to be invested into other things. Easy distractions come in many different forms as well, if I’m to be honest. Technology, hobbies, projects, and even healthy things that can get overdone too much like relationships and exercise and other such points of recreation and fun.
These are easy distractions which end up costing a lot in aggregate. Understanding when to say “Yes” and “No” is easier said than actually done.
The only solution that I know of is to have the difficult but necessary conversations with those closest to you and to allow them to speak into your life candidly and honestly and for them to help you remove the distractions with executive rights.
Sadly, I think I have much more pruning to do this season but I’m looking forward to the (painful) process. The end result is always grossly positive.