I have used or heard the phrase Google It countless times, I am surprised it is not added to the dictionary already. I would define it as, Do It Yourself. I am a problem-solver by nature; people approach me with issues and concerns on various topics. Most of the answers to these issues are easily solved through Googling – because this is how I find solutions. Yes, you might argue some issues are solved better with a bit of personal touch. Let’s be honest, most of the answers can be Googled without troubling another person. Some questions may seem impossible if it is not your forte, yet you will never know how easily it is solvable if you don’t attempt.
Googling to find the right information at the right time is a skill – an essential skill. You come across new challenges at your workplace, it is not a shame to admit you don’t know the right answer. Rather than seeking out to another person, worse, giving up, take some time to look up the answer. When you start a job at a new firm, there is always limited time for training, but you can improve and speed up your learning curve if you make an effort to self-educate.
There is no excuse in the age of information not to be a self-reliant. I always perform better when I am given minimum instructions. It opens up to numerous possibilities to tackle the task at hand, get creative and I am not bound to a set framework. It is an opportunity to approach it from a different perspective. I will never achieve this result, if I dependant on another person. I must self-educate using the best tool at hand: Google.
The more self-reliant you become, the more confident you are to face any obstacle. You will have no fear of failing or feel incapable in your professional and personal life. This will enable to broaden your horizons and step out of your comfort zone. The more knowledge you gain, the more resourceful you are to your employer. Something I value about working in a small business / department or admire about entrepreneurs is the ability to think on your feet.
Especially at a workplace, time is a limited asset, with most having a plate full. Rather than going to another colleague with questions on every matter, wear a different hat and try to resolve it yourself. For instance, you don’t have to call Bob from IT, every time your printer stops printing, because Bob from IT is busy helping Timothy to plug in his computer.
Next time if your first instinct is to ask your colleague / boss a question, type the question in Google and you will be amazed to find the solution.
Until next time…