Ask your way through

Michael Dale-Asiedu
Published on: 7th October 2014
How many chances have you missed because you thought you already had enough information?

Many a times, we miss landmark opportunities not because we don't have enough information, but rather because we lack the cutting edge of specific pointers from people who have already been there, be it a resource personnel, seniors, colleagues at work, lecturers or the elderly.

On the other hand, we, sometimes, feel we are too superior to stoop low to ask help or certain clarifications or questions about situations which in our minds we think we are supposed to know. 'How on earth did I not know this?' we tend to beat our chest.

Again, sometimes sheer pride gets in the way, we feel too bossy to be the ones asking or seeking assistance. I think I should be able to handle this when in actual fact I have no clue as to where to begin from.
If asking weren't that necessary, the good old book wouldn't have gone on to admonish as such, "Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you" (NIV Matthew 7:7).

Having a chunk of information does not necessarily mean we have what it takes to get to the final destination. Sometimes, series of right information is enough to be a blind folder. Which one do you choose? The first option looks great, so does the other options too, and then we contemplate.

Separating the dross from silver can sometimes be too daunting a task, but not if we ask our way through. When in doubt ask your way through.

However, we should have a fairer idea as to where we want to go in the first place before we can ask and seek competent, tailor-made advice, direction or information, chiefly because, if you don't know where you are going, then any road can take you anywhere. This can be clearly inferred from the conversation that ensued between the Cat and Alice in "Alice in Wonderland".

"Cat: Where are you going?
Alice: Which way should I go?
Cat: That depends on where you are going.
Alice: I don't know.
Cat: Then it doesn't matter which way you go."
You should know where you are coming from and where you want to get to because if you don't know your history then you don't know where you are coming from. Yet again, if you don't know where you want to get to, no kind of resource personnel can give you competent enough a direction should you ask. We can clearly see that the cat was best placed to help Alice, but she missed out because of her own folly.

Additionally, in asking your way through don't just ask anybody; ask the right kind of people. If you ask just anybody without selective preference to the kind of people, you can be rest assured to receive just any sort of often misinformed, ill-begotten and misguided direction or advice. Ask your way through, that notwithstanding, be selective in your people choice.

When you are in a new place or environment, ask your way through and around. It wouldn't cost a dime but you can pay much more than a dime for failing to ask your way through.

In all your moments of doubts, "Ask your way through, for he who asks is given". Remember to always ask your way through, Good Luck!
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