Do Your Research Before Asking for Help

How often do we ask for help without doing the work that would allow us to optimally integrate what we discover? And more than that… how often do we set out to accomplish our goals without being willing to put in the effort that it takes to actually achieve them?

One essential tip to bear in mind is to learn as much as you can on your own before engaging an outside source. In other words, simply because you are asking others for help doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put in some work on your own. This means familiarizing yourself as best you can with the subject-at-hand.

Not only will this bit of effort relay to the expert that you are genuinely invested in knowing more, but you’ll also be able to better gauge how much of an expert the person is. Without some knowledge of the subject matter, you might also miss out on asking the relevant follow-up questions. You should apply this rule whether you’re soliciting free or paid advice.

Always try to research things before asking, but if you know someone else can quickly give the solution, try not to loose too much time.

Summing-up: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. If you have a question, try to find the answer yourself first. Don’t be lazy.

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