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I find people are limited in growth in technology due to them not expanding their skill despite it not being difficult so they end up being held back despite the demand in business and in job marking being in new technology. Technology constantly changes and being valued at corporations is dependent on overcoming ***** steps.

This phenomenom can be described by an analogy. If you slowly move your finger up against a balloon, you feel resistance and feel like it is pushing back. You move your hand further still feeling the resistance until it pops and you can move on. These people are really smart and not lazy. The struggle in the first step of learning something new and different and give up. They need to learn to over the *****.

Words I can think of

barrier/friction/glass ceiling/struggle/opposition

Neither describes the face that the friction is just in the beginning. Learning the new thing isn't really hard but the resistance is merely in it being different and new.

I guess it is similar to waking up early in the morning or exercising. Initially it is very hard but becomes routine it is easy and become easy.

Two people get given the same task of fishing. One tries to immediately catch fish with his hands. The other takes his time by making a net. The former could have done the same as it would make fishing so much easier however the friction of doing something different to what his existing methods was, he found to hard .

What do you call (single word or compound word) the initial friction of doing something different or the bias of not wanting to do it because it is different/strange/alien even though it is beneficial once that irrational mental block gets passed.

Not a dislike. Almost a phantom resistance but that isn't a recognized phrase. Not a mind block but a mind bubble but that also isn't a recognized phrase

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    Don't try to call them ***** steps. Call them steep learning curves. – FumbleFingers Dec 18 '16 at 15:21
  • Different isn't steep. Waking up an hour earlier isn't steep at all. – dfmetro Dec 18 '16 at 15:30
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    Overcoming inertia works. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 18 '16 at 15:32
  • Not a dislike. Almost a phantom resistance but that isn't a recognized phrase. Not a mind block but a mind bubble but that also isn't a recognized phrase – dfmetro Dec 18 '16 at 15:42
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    @devc2: I'd say if you think initial struggle of doing something different applies, there's almost certainly a "non-trivial learning curve" involved. But if steep is a bit steep for you, just call them learning curves. – FumbleFingers Dec 18 '16 at 15:42

Resistance to change


Ten Reasons People Resist Change

Resistance to Change

  • Calling someone resistant to change sound like a personality trait like they themselves are resistant. In the example I'm thinking of their personality is not resistant to change but they try the change out and give up due to the initial mind friction. Their minds might be resistant to change but this is involuntary resistance only due to initial friction. – dfmetro Dec 18 '16 at 15:38
  • @devc2 Take a look at the Ten Reasons People Resist Change link. Suggested reasons are Loss of control, Excess uncertainty, Everything seems different,Loss of face,Concerns about competence,More work,Ripple effects, Past resentments, Sometimes the threat is real. – MikeJRamsey56 Dec 18 '16 at 15:46

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