Several years ago, I applied for, interviewed and got a job as an Environmentalist. When the news of my employment came, I was super excited and just couldn’t wait to start my new journey. This was the type of professional job I had always wished and prayed for and finally, God answered my prayers!
One of my duties as an Environmentalist was to conduct inspections at regulated facilities and one day after my rigorous training, it was time for me to start doing inspections independently. Most of the facilities I had to inspect were quite a distance from my office building which meant I had to drive long distances to get the job done. I loved and still love driving, but the main problem was I could barely find my way around town since I was new.
Thankfully, my employer gave me a map so I could easily get to my destination. Having a map was great but truth was, at that time, I did not understand one bit of what was written on the map. In fact, everything looked my Latin and rather than asking my coworkers or even my boss how to use the map, I said to myself, “how bad can it possibly be? I will figure things out.”
With my “I will figure things out” mindset, I left the office using the “hope strategy” of getting to my destination. About an hour into my trip, it suddenly became cloudy and before I could think of the next thing to do, rain started pouring heavily such that I could barely see the roadway before me.
Let me save you the excruciating details of what happened to me that day, but here’s what I’ll say right now. If I am given the opportunity to turn back the hands of time, I definitely would ask for help before setting out for that inspection.
Sometimes, when you are about to embark on a new journey, you might think you can figure it out on your own (and maybe you will, in the end), but it is better to ask for help from those who know before you set out. If you truly desire to get to your destination faster, you need to learn how to ask for help. There’s absolutely no need to reinvent the wheel or spend precious time trying to get to a destination using “hope strategy.” This wisdom applies to almost every aspect of life.
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