In order to succeed in life one must learn when to put pride aside and ask for advice from an expert. When remodeling your home, or assembling your child's bicycle, it's easy to pretend that you know what you're doing. Unfortunately, not listening to that little glimmer of doubt can quickly cause catastrophic damage.
WHEN TO ASK:
A good rule of thumb is "If the thought crosses your mind to ask, ask!" You can choose not to take the advice, but two heads are always better than one. Sometimes I will even ask an expert for advice on important decisions just to confirm what I already know.
WHO TO ASK:
- Google - I have found that the all seeing, all knowing, expert of everything is Google. I constantly use google to conduct Internet searches which can unleash tidal waves of knowledge.
- Friends - If you are having trouble hanging ten with Google, sometimes simply seeking advice from a knowledgeable friend can prove very valuable.
- Networking - When your small group of friends can't solve your problems, consider seeking advice from a friend of a friend. Social Groups like Myspace and Facebook are proof that we are all connect to each other in some way.
- Ask the Pros - If you aren't acquainted with anyone that can help, pick up the phone an call someone in the related field or industry. Call your local Bike shop to find out the proper way to put a tire on a rim, or visit your local hardware store to find out the difference between Spackle, and joint compound.
By constantly seeking the advice of others, it will not only help you from making unnecessary mistakes in life, but it can also provide a viewpoint not clouded by your own personal feeling and emotions. It is better to have someone show you how to unload a gun than trying to figure it out on your own.