One of the most frustrating things in the world is when your technology doesn’t work and you spend way more time than you should trying to fix it.
Usually I don’t get to upset when something doesn’t work because I always end up fixing it. I am very tech savvy and can fix 99% of the tech problems I have or I know someone who can help me fix it.
When you are on a time limit though and technology isn’t working it makes my blood boil.
Yesterday I pulled out the microphone I used for all my online radio shows and set it all up and everything was working fine.
Today I get home from work and load skype and my computer is not recognising the microphone.
I was a guest on Christina Canters podcast and it was being recorded at 8pm so I spent the next 2 hours trying to fix it searching forums and google, installing programs and trying to alter files that could be potentially causing the issue and do you think I could get the bloody thing working? Of course not.
I haven’t needed that microphone in so long and the one time I need it, it doesn’t work, and it’s got a firewire connection and only my mac accepts that connection so I couldn’t even swap computers.
You can guess that the first the on my agenda of things to do now is to figure out how to fix it. But now that there is no time restraint I will work it out in my own time.
I went ahead and did the podcast interview although I had to settle for the inbuilt microphone on my computer so the sound quality definitely won’t be at the level I would have liked it to be for my first interview.
But I wasn’t going to let that hold me back, as frustrating as it was at the time I have come to realise that not everything we do is going to happen exactly the way we want it to. Sometimes we have to make the most of a bad situation and just do the best job we can under the circumstances.
I don’t need to deal with frustration too often because I am a very quick and efficient problem solver but I definitely got my dose of it tonight. I pushed myself has hard as I could to solve the problem as quickly as I could but on this occasion I failed in the allocated timeframe. It was a strange feeling because I am not use to not being able to fix what I need to fix when I need to fix it.
The only thing you can take out from this is if you have an important event coming up then have a back-up plan for the unforeseen circumstances. This goes for everything not just the situation I just mentioned above
If you have a presentation that is relying on an overhead projector you better believe the one day you have to present will be the one day it breaks down. Have a back-up plan especially if there is a lot on the line because if that one thing fails and that was your make or break moment you will be kicking yourself for not thinking of a second alternative.
I am going to leave it at there today. I’ve still got a microphone that doesn’t work and a valuable lesson learnt today. You have to experience the lows to appreciate the highs let’s just hope those lows are in limited supply.