Forty is the only number whose letters are in alphabetical order. You probably didn’t know that. Did you? A few days ago, we were in the same boat, but thanks to today’s advanced information and communication technology, I happened to read it on a list of fun facts of the Web.

A sizable number of the population lack aplomb using today’s advanced systems. The older people may claim that’s stuff for the young guys. Surmounting the fear of failure and the unknowns of the digital world can be an arduous task. It took me a lot of effort and time to convince my mom to start using a touch screen Android smartphone a few years ago. But she came along, and I feel so happy when she tags me in her post on Facebook.

Today, in Uganda and elsewhere in the world, employees are required to have at least basic understanding of computers to make them more productive. The fear of technology is the biggest obstacle that these individuals face in learning to use computers. Fortunately, with a positive attitude and some perseverance, all these obstacles to learning about technology are left for the pits. Here are some steps that you can take to ameliorate your tech erudition and become more confident using technology;

1. Defy Your Fear.
Fear degrades the ardent interest and zeal to learn about anything. It is the major cause of loathing technology. Someone fears they are not doing the right thing with computers, that they are not good at using it. All these are to explain away the basal fear caused by a lack of knowledge.

Fear must be faced before it’s conquered. It’s like sky diving if you going to attempt it, just go for it without thinking much about the repercussions. So boot up that machine,  smartphone, or any tech device and commit to making a bona fide effort to use it. Of course, you can’t do good at the start, but after some time, you’ll be up and running like a pro.

2. Don’t give up on practice.

Practice makes perfect. The same holds for becoming technologically literate. In order to learn more about computers and smart devices, you need to use them. I don’t mean type up some word documents, or picking up calls, – really USE them. Just play around with the settings, set your screen saver, take a screenshot, install other software and apps, play games, surf the Internet among others. All these build up to the ultimate objective of becoming familiar with how these technologies operate. And then you will figure how every application you have operates and when to use it.

3. Failure is human. Keep moving.

No one was born with all they know. And it’s okay if you failed at one moment. You just have to continue practicing until you master the right way. You can use the many tutorials about what you want to do with a certain program or app on YouTube, or even ask friends. Don’t let failure cut short your learning.
Becoming a tech guru or not is entirely up to you and the effort you are willing to put into learning. Modern technology is so diverse and pliable that, no matter your field or interests, you can aim your learning in a way that is personally meaningful and beneficial. All you have to do is overcome your fear, keep practicing and embrace failure as a learning opportunity.