I know I’ve experienced this on several occasions.
Because as I said in my last post (‘Change is not as easy as you make it sound‘) I like to learn things for myself.
But if you want to be Efficient then that’s often not the best way.
So the next simple efficiency tip, and this one is so simple it’s scary – just ask someone who knows.
It’s so simple that this is almost not worth writing.
Like I’m telling you anything significant here…
But how often do you do this?
Why You Should Ask Someone Who Knows
Just asking someone who knows has more benefits than you may think and there’s also a little more going on than you think when you scratch the surface of this simple decision.
Because everyone has their own view of the world, we’re all different and have our own different circumstances so there’s your view and the person you asked for a start.
There’s finding out that thing (or those things) you needed to know.
But then there’s also making a connection.
There’s a possibility via that connection to stumble into some new opportunities.
Yes – Networking.
Asking people for help is a great way to network, meet new people and you’d be surprised – more often than you think people actually welcome being given the chance to help someone.
I recently reached out to Tom Ewer of Leaving Work Behind to ask for some advice on a topic Tom knows much more than me about (i.e. web stuff). Tom didn’t claim to be the expert (he didn’t need to be – he was expert enough to help me) but he graciously offered his help and advice freely, was really helpful and in just a really brief 10-15 minute call gave me some advice which would probably have taken me five times as long to find out if I was searching for the answers on my own. In that call I also gave Tom an idea to consider for one of his projects which in turn he wouldn’t have got if he hadn’t taken the call – i.e. you never know where any given conversation between two people may take you.
p.s. Though Tom was being modest and claiming he’s not the expert – I actually think he is & knows his stuff – look him up.
So if you do need a quick answer, think who the best person to help you with that particular thing would be then just reach out to them and give them a try – you might be pleasantly surprised.
Note: Be sure when you do this to offer to reciprocate and give any help you can in return.