You can drive yourself nuts and waste loads of time chasing after every new technology, gadget, productivity tool, social network or other flavor of the week.
And if you insist on being the first to try everything and position yourself on the bleeding edge, knock yourself out.
But the good news for the rest of us is that there are plenty of smart folks out there doing the testing, evaluation and practicability analysis on our behalf. For free.
Take Google+, for example. Is it worth the time? Will it help me achieve my goals? Will it be around in a couple months?
Instead of spending hours learning directly, take just 10 minutes to read Chris Brogan‘s summary of 50 ways Google+ might be valuable. As of this writing, he’s already spent several hours digging into the product.
And given his experience and expertise in all things social media, I’m highly confident that his several hours, translated into 10 minutes of reading, is going to save me a ton of time and get me up to speed very, very quickly.
There are plenty of Google+ recommendations out there already, but by finding people I trust and letting them do the pioneering for me, I get the information I need in a fraction of the time (and I’m still pretty close to the bleeding edge if I care to be).