Curiouser and Curiouser: How to approach the ever changing technological landscape

Kristine Tuazon
May 1, 2023

The world of technology is in a constant state of flux. New developments and trends arise daily, making it difficult to keep up. It can be overwhelming, to say the least. However, in the midst of the madness, it is possible to approach the changing landscape with a teachable mindset, just like Alice did in Wonderland.

As a child, Alice learned through observation, failure, and perseverance. We, too, can embrace this same mindset as we navigate the unpredictable terrain of technology. By adopting a teachable approach, we can stay ahead of the curve and grow as developers.

In the early days of front-end development, jQuery was the popular tool for developers. But the landscape has changed significantly over the years, with the emergence of frameworks like AngularJS, React, and Vue.js. Each has had a significant impact on front-end development, making it easier and more efficient to build complex applications. However, it also means that developers need to adapt to new ways of thinking and coding.

In this rapidly changing technological environment, there is a big push to consistently learn. But there is a concept that is rarely spoken about. It’s being teachable. And one cannot exist without the other.

Teachability has three main aspects: humility, fearlessness, and curiosity. Let's explore them one by one:

Humility: It's important to acknowledge that we do not know everything and that there is always more to learn. Being open to admitting our limitations and seeking out mentors, asking for feedback, and collaborating with others can help us broaden our knowledge and skills.

Fearlessness: It involves taking risks and being willing to face the possibility of failure. Making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process, and it doesn't reflect on your intelligence or abilities. Failure is an opportunity to learn and grow.

Curiosity: It's about a desire to know more, to question what we know, and to explore new possibilities. To be curious is to begin questioning, to delve beneath the surface of things in order to comprehend the underlying principles that govern them. Curiosity also means identifying areas of interest and taking action to learn more about them.In practice, being teachable looks like starting a project that you've been thinking about, voicing your opinion about a technical decision, collaborating with others, finding a mentor or being one, and learning a new programming language just for fun.

Being in technology means there is no absolute stability, and to thrive in this environment, we have to be humble, fearless, and curious—just like Alice, teachable. Embracing a teachable mindset will enable us to navigate the ever-changing technological landscape with confidence and clarity.