If you told me a year ago that earpods would become part of my daily operating routine, I would have thought you were nuts. But change is a journey, and a year can do a lot to a person.
And so I had a bit of a chuckle at myself this week while finalising a tutorial videos for my new online coaching program The Change Challenge (and BTW it’s FREE! so if 2018 is the year you’re finally going to tackle that big goal on your bucket list then I’d LOVE you to join us!)
Anyway back to my self-deprecation. Turns out I filmed some of the videos for the tutorials with my trusty airpod in (which does look a little odd!) But what really made me giggle is that I was wearing it at all.
If you’re an iPhone fan, you may recall when the iPhone 7 was released last year that the geeks at Apple declared it was time for the 3.5mm earphone jack to go. The thinking was it was time for us all to embrace wireless and blue-tooth earbud technology, which would offer a better user experience, so Apple went cold-turkey on us.
“Never!” I declared. I would NOT be forced into buying an over-priced add-on that probably wouldn’t work anyway.
And I wasn’t alone.; many people were up in arms about this change. Even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak famously declared he “would not use blue-tooth” in replacement of his custom-made wired headphones.
No way was I spending over 200 bucks on a set of airpods when I couldn’t even keep track of the wired versions (how many of THOSE have I bought over the years?!) And seriously, how much better could they be? So for months I persevered with my old wired headphone and the lightning adaptor. Until one day, on a whim, I made the leap.
Fast forward to today and wireless earbuds are the must-have gadgets of 2017. And I’m possibly their number 1 fan!
Since relenting and buying my airpods, I’ve been liberated! I walk around all day with one in, and as the battery depletes, I swap over to the other one. Double-tap when a call comes in, or to hang up. Take stand up calls, or walk around, without being tethered to my phone. Even running or riding with them in is a breeze! And, in 6 months I haven’t lost one yet (surely a record for me!)
These days they’re such a part of my standard operating procedure that I don’t even notice when they’re in. Which is why I filmed a tutorial without noticing! (And why I get a lot of odd looks from people on the street who assume I’m walking around in public having a loud conversation with myself!)
I decided to keep that video as-is as a reminder to myself that change is a journey.
Sometimes, we don’t know what we want or need til it’s thrust upon us. (That’s actually the whole premise behind marketing focus groups and user reviews).
And sometimes, we don’t know what we’re looking for til we find it.