Don’t Believe The Hype
The meaning of all of that, some media is the wack
As you believe it’s true
It blows me through the roof
Suckers, liars, get me a shovel
Some writers I know are damn devils
For them I say, don’t believe the hype
It’s pretty easy to get wrapped up in the new thing. The shiny object. The next great technological advance. The blog post that promises things you objectively know it can’t deliver on. I’ve suffered through this in just about every pursuit in life be it youth ministry, academia, or writing this blog.
The funny thing is, when I follow my own advice I still interact with whatever is supposed to change my life forever. The difference is I view it critically and try out elements to see how they fit with who I am and what I’m already doing. Instead of going all in on the latest 10 things before 10 AM list, I sift through and see if anything might be beneficial. If so, I try it. If it does help I either add it to my routine or replace something else.
2 Questions to Avoid Falling for Everything
What does the person who developed this get out of it?
Is the author going to make money off of this? Will the salesman get a bigger commission if you buy the full product? Can I discern any nefarious motivation out of the person peddling this information? Consider this quote from renowned thinker Noam Chomsky about technological determinism:
Just initially, people always ought to be skeptical when some view is put forth that makes you passive and resigned, that happens to benefit the people that are putting forth the view.
–Noam Chomsky, 1997 speech at Tufts University (Chomsky on Technological Determinism)
Why is this striking a chord with me?
Is this a pseudo-productive means of procrastinating? Am I avoiding a difficult situation or critical conversation? Can I do this later or is it actually beneficial in the moment?
Maybe you are really doing some targeted work to improve in an area. I’ve done that and found several tips and hacks that have helped me improve my overall organization, my writing, and my health. Don’t talk yourself out of genuine improvements, but also don’t lie to yourself.
What Are You Going To Do About It?
Have you found yourself in any of the above situations? How do you go about making sure you don’t just jump from one thing to the next?
If you want a starting point, I wrote about using the ADDIE design process for just this kind of thing.