Learning how to do new things can be difficult. Learning how to do the same thing you’ve always done in a new and different way is even more difficult.
Now that we’re on the near vertical portion of the technology j-curve, it’s helpful to remember that we must live in the midst of change. This is not the time to feel comfortable. Being comfortable–especially where technology is concerned–may be a thing of the past. I don’t see the speed of innovation and creativity leveling off anytime soon. I suppose it could, but there are too many possibilities–and possibilities often become realities.
A good way to tell if you’re attempting to learn new technologies is if you find yourself intellectually lost at least once during the day (HT: Nassim N. Taleb). If you always know what you’re doing, then you’re never growing your skills.