When we are asked to help

Put yourself in the shoes of the other. When was the last time you put yourself out there and you asked for help and was rejected? Regardless of how nice the rejecting was, how did you feel about yourself?

Now look at the person asking for help. How much of your ‘precious’ time and energy does it take to help them and give them more help than they even initially ask for? Did you spend 30 minutes watching a YouTube video? Did you spend 30 minutes scrolling through your Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest feed? Can you honestly say that the 30 minutes of infinite scrolling was more valuable than helping a person who was courageous enough to reach out for help?

Now get out there and help. Set expectations low and over deliver.

Tony Tam (Li Zhi)

Senior Principal Engineer @ Splunk, ImpactfulEngineer.org & SFBadminton.org