I have a tendency to make excuses for why I "can't" do something. Weather it's working out (I'm too busy, too tired, too fat so people will make fun of me if they see me trying...) or more importantly, reaching out for help with my career. I tend to shy away for asking for favors, meetings, even taking people up on their offers to help. I guess I feel like I don't want to waste their time, or that they are more important than me and I will annoy them with my questions, or they were "Just being nice" when they offered.
Well, I've decided I'm done being nice and making excuses. Let this serve as a warning, that if you offer your help, I'm gonna say yes. I am gonna nail down a date with you to meet, to ask you questions to buy you a cup of coffee in exchange for picking your brain. I am going to email you, call you and keep reminding you I exist, because I want to develop relationships with people who are doing what I have a passion for, and find out how they got there so I can get there too.
And here's my promise in return: I will help others. I will share the knowledge I acquire with those who are a step or two behind me. I will not be selfish with my knowledge or abilities. I will pay it forward, pass it on, and be gracious and grateful for the opportunity to help someone. I will be approachable and generous with my time.
So there you go, no more excuses!
Be sure to tune in to Talkin Toons today with Rob Paulsen and I, with the INCOMPARABLE Bob Bergen. Porky PIG y'all!!!
Now, excuse me while I go for a run.