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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?

Warning: I’m a Maverick, and what I’m describing here is NOT what I’m after. It is exactly what I execrate, loathe.

Here’s a recipe for being the best within the status quo:

• Learn how successful people behave and start to behave like them, even if you’re not there yet.

• Study until you drop (what else have you got to do?)
Swallow every bit of knowledge, useful or not, no matter if you really understood. You’ll always have something to say and others are not supposed to know more than you!

• Start borrowing from successful people/ devices and don’t bother creating. Make a list of the key features of them, and think about how you can have it all together.

• Once you’ve mulled upon your stuff enough, get on with your own ideas. The more weird, the better. Find some slaves who see the “savior” in you and never pay them for what they do. While they work, grab one of them to shoot a video about how great you are and how hard you work to make the world better. Don’t forget to take a nap.

• Get your video edited by one of your starving slaves, post in on YouTube and don’t forget to buzz about it on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, your blog and/or your website.

• Now that you’re quite famous, gather with people behaving exactly like you do and create your own business.

• Tweet and post regularly links about what your slaves are doing, but show yourself only, and something looking appealing.

Now you’re close to have cathedrals and temples built to your name. Be worshipped and ask for even more.

• Have idols made for you by your faithful herd. Afterall, you gave them something in the first place (a reason to live) so they can return the favor thousandfold (for each of them.)

• Make sure some idols are kept for sale. Overprice them.

• Get your new worshippers to shoot videos about your greatness, and be sure they post it on YouTube.

I’m about to puke. Don’t you? Know that some jerks behave like that. Don’t become a slave.