Because we aren’t happy?
Because we’re bored?
No. We attend because we’re looking to progress. We’re looking to better ourselves and our companies or organizations.
We can be perfectly content—even happy—with how things are currently running. But knowing the possibilities for growth and adaptation will give us an edge in whatever market we may be swimming in; be it a small business, government organization, school district, or fortune 500 company.
Happiness—whether in your personal life or in your profession—is dependent on improvement.
Most people are happy because they are busy. Not to say that the busier a person is, the happier they are. If you’re like me, you believed this at one point, and you know how mistaken that theory is. We all require a different level of work balanced with some good, old-fashioned R&R, free time, time to pursue our passions and interests, etc. but . . .
Because being knowledgeable and competent in our actions gives us confidence. We like to trust our ability to conquer whatever challenge we decide to tackle. And confidence in our competence brings us happiness.
However, I believe that the longer you are content, the more prone you are to stagnancy, and the likelier it is for others (competitors or not) to pass you in efficiency and quality.
So, long story short, get out onto the EDUCAUSE show floor and discover the opportunities around you! You’ll find that there is always room for improvement, especially for innovations that will save you time and money in the future, create greater efficiency, and look out for your overall happiness.
To chat with a Jive representative at the convention, visit booth 1265 and see what we can do for your happiness!
EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic decisions at every level. EDUCAUSE actively engages with colleges and universities, corporations, foundations, government, and other nonprofit organizations to further the mission of transforming higher education through the use of information technology.
Through various programs and activities, EDUCAUSE and its members contribute to thought leadership on major issues, help clarify the current environment, document effective practices, and highlight how emerging trends and technologies may influence the evolution of IT in higher education.
For more information, visit their website.