Tag Archive: help


As usual, I love to address topics I find overlooked, if not ignored.

So many people feel awkward when asked if they are self-taught or if they spent a colossal sum of money into an Ivy-league school curriculum.

The perennial battle of the successful (or not). It is lame.

I’ll kick in –after this little intro– by merely stating that being self-taught is not to be mistaken with being a self-made man.

Sure. You didn’t even need parents to give you birth. You made yourself out of nothing…

More seriously: no one is a self-made man.

Everyone, at some point, asked for help, guidance and advice. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that!

Death of the self-made man myth!

What’s dirty with having been trained, taught, coached, mentored? (let me know by commenting)!

What’s striking, –and serious studies show it– is that both grad PhDs and “self-taught” people reach the same level of competence, cleverness, happiness, and confidence.

Keep asking for help.

It shows how much you care. It shows how much you want to reach your goals, even at the expense of having your self-esteem a tad hurt. It even shows leadership abilities!

I openly hate the term “leadership”. Yet, face it: all of our Greats were a kind of leader. Quiet leaders or loud ones, it doesn’t matter.

What did you learn today?

Did you learn by making a mistake (a great way to learn, if you can understand what went awry), or by asking?

Keep asking. Just don’t be a pest… And ask the “right” people!

Help is the most effective and inexpensive word I know.

You first have to know what your goal is. If you don’t find it outright, it’s perfectly OK.

Let your mind wander. Read my previous post: Shower Power.

By now, I’m sure that you know that I asked for help today. I don’t have any reply yet due to the asynchronous nature of e-mail.

Yes, I don’t use Skype. I don’t use any IM. I don’t use my phone. I still use paper and send letters the old way. I have one friend only, and he doesn’t live in Europe, but in the USA.

I digress, but I’m fine with that.

Again: ask for help, and offer your help everytime you can.

By the way, may I ask you something?

Alternatives to the blank boring stuff

Honestly, if I were to hire somebody for my company, I’ll go totally nuts in a few seconds.

Imagining I would have to review several hundreds of the exact same white sheets would bore the HELL out of me.

So much wasted paper.

Surprisingly enough, I’ve put my feet in the shoes of a biz owner.

People are told to do EXACTLY what bores biz owners most. No wonder if there’s unemployment.

Let’s be brutally honest.

Would YOU want to read the same stuff over and over?

I crave some humanity. That appeals to me.

The dull white pages with a lenghty description of what people did is a nightmare.

Why can’t people grab a webcam, a DVD-R, record a compelling video and BE THERE?

I don’t want to know what people did. I want to know who they are.

Real HUMAN life stories I can relate to delight me.

If I can relate to your life, you can consider yourself as hired.

That is how it works in my World.