One of my favorite parts of Saturday Night Live back in the 90’s was Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey. Amongst his many humorous quips was something along the lines of:
“Sometimes the so called experts actually are.”Jack Handey
After all these years it still makes me chuckle!
While I often like to fix things on my own there are times when it is best to bring in the experts. I was reminded of this today as I reached out for advice on a specific challenge. Prior to the conversation I’d done plenty of homework and thought I already had it all figured out, but I still wanted the expert advice to make sure I wasn’t missing anything.
As luck would have it my assessment was proven to be pretty much spot on. Before I could congratulate myself for my work the expert then else to down an entirely different path that I didn’t even know existed. By the time our conversation was complete I’d quickly realized how improved my thought process could be thanks to the advice I’d just received.
There is a definite cost to expert advice, but it is money well invested. Through one conversation with an expert my outlook has been greatly improved.