Asking for Advice vs. Doing It Yourself: Pros and Cons

I am at a crossroads. Without giving away some personal life details (and definitely without giving away any corporate secrets (which am I prioritizing like that? some people might say that says something about me (as does that (oh well, I go, at this point in time (though at other times I definitely haven’t…))))), I have been thinking about philosophy, and taking some time out to just get all my life problems over with before returning to my needs and functions. This wasn’t the main topic I wished to discuss here, but related, I think, vaguely, after some neural connections are formed.

So, the second thing I wanted to say was, I don’t know (having started to do some *cough cough* data analysis and programming for work) if it is a fundamentally good or bad idea to Google/generally ask other people for advice about how to proceed with problems you are encountering. I guess to generalize, you would say, Is it wise to ask for advice in life?, and to narrow it down you would say, Should I or should I not Google stackoverflow [instert programming error here] every time a bug pops up?

I don’t know the answer to this question; it’s not rhetorical, which is why I am asking it. I have some thoughts on the subject, though.

One thing that comes to mind is how much independent thought, and strengthening thereof, you build not asking others for help. Does it build a certain sort of essential life skill / brain muscle to figure things out on your own? Is this irreplaceable no matter the degree of friendly assistance from others? I’m sure people would have opinions on this, it seems like a hot topic.

Otherwise, what is more efficient plain and simple for getting the job done / problem solved? In general; asking others, or doing it yourself? Provided you’d be getting better at whichever method it is you choose to pursue more often than the other over time. I don’t know. There are a lot of assumptions you’d have to take to side with either argument, but I think it would be an interesting and healthy debate to pursue at some point. Maybe there’s already information on this in the archives *da-dum* buut a quick web search didn’t turn anything up.

So anyway, just some food for thought.

Feel free to leave comments, ask questions, and generally interact with me and the post. I’m curious like you. I’m lazy like you. I’m… well, you know.



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