The e-pioneer is a trailblazer.
What is a trailblazer?
The “blaze” part of the word has nothing to do with fire. A white spot on the forehead of a horse or any other animal is called a blaze (Afrikaans: bles). The word is also used to refer to the white mark left on a tree trunk when a piece of bark is chipped off. A clear, visible and permanent trail is created when trees are blazed at regular intervals on a route.
A trailblazer is therefore one who blazes a permanent trail.
Can you see why an e-pioneer is a trailblazer?
Once you’ve discovered a technology route for others, it is sometimes difficult to communicate this information to them, particularly if they do not have a technology background. You have to make things very clear and set progressive targets for them. Blaze – make explicit – the first step; once this objective is reached, show them the next step of the way; carry on in this fashion until they are comfortable following the mapped road.
You are the pioneer – you’ve found the path. But others will not follow it unless it is clearly charted for them. Don’t assume they will know how to proceed. They won’t. Blaze a visible trail to help them find their way through the bewildering technology forest.
Click here for more food for thought for e-pioneers.