“The Nerd Couch – Self-Helpful tips for Nerds and Geeks Everywhere.”
I find that many of my mistakes and bad decisions come from not having enough information. And the reason I might not have that info is because I didn’t ask the questions I needed to ask. Usually, when we don’t ask questions, it’s because we think we are being a bother to someone. “I don’t want to be a bother” or “Sorry I have so many questions”. Maybe you will be a bother, but you will be even MORE of a bother if you have to come back and ask more questions.
Also, there is the situation of talking to an expert about something and they give you the short answer, because they think that’s all the information you need. For instance, if you’re talking to a doctor, you may feel like you should just take what he or she says for face value. It’s better that you nag him or her, rather than you leave with that nagging feeling that you should know more.
Sometimes people (experts) get offended if you ask them too many questions because they think You might not trust their answers, or you may think they don’t know what they are talking about. And you know what? That might be true. But again, it’s you that need the answers. Who knows, you might be helping them realize they need to study more before they start talking again. You don’t want to hear “I don’t know, that’s just the way it is.” Sometimes you can squash that ‘insulted’ feeling they have by explaining why you’re asking a lot of questions.
And For You Geeks….
And here’s a lesson for you fellow nerds and geeks out there. Don’t assume everybody knows, or should know, or have the brain capacity to know everything you do about technology, or science, or Star Wars for that matter. People are different, and sometimes things don’t click like they do with you. So, if somebody has questions give them a break and be a little patient. But that doesn’t include your close friends, you can mock
Don’t be afraid of asking too many questions, especially experts. There are too many people out there that have those titles, but not much to back it up.