Ask for help

I don’t believe anything really revolutionary has ever been invented by committee… I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone… Not on a committee. Not on a team.

Steve Wozniak, Sole inventor of Apple I and II computers.

Having worked in a number of public service roles, I have found Steve Wozniak’s words to ring true.

Thankfully, I love working alone. That’s why I love writing. It allows me to sit with my thoughts and bring life to them through words. But that doesn’t mean I do not need help when writing. I’m not perfect. I’m flawed and will never be perfect. I know I need help whenever I write.

When writing for others, I need help from Subject matter experts (SME) to lead and guide me. This was painfully clear when I worked as a consultant. There is so much that I had no idea about and needed direction, advice and guidance.

Even after receiving their help and having planned the content, the need for help doesn’t end. I know I miss many issues in my first draft and cannot spot them without help. I am too familiar with the words and content. Here’s where spell-check and other similar word processing functions come into play.

I wear glasses, and staring at a screen for hours a day is tiring for me. And when we add writing as well, I get even more tired. But it is one of the most rewarding experiences when I know it is completed.

So seeking help with writing is important. We need SMEs, proofreaders, online writing tools (Hemingwayapp, grammarly, etc) to help us get the job done well. Similarly, when we go through life, we need help. We are not experts at everything we do. Some are great at maths, others, not so. We are seldom great at everything.

But all is not lost. God is able and willing to help us as we turn to him (Eph 3:20). So turn to Him, the one who can and wants to help us.

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