If you’re new or junior in your job you can sometimes find yourself paralysed by how little you know. This can come from two different places:
- Context. There are so many choices you don’t know where to start.
- Fear. Your ignorance means you don’t know what to do to even try to start.
You can fix both of these by using your newbie super power:
We’ve been taught in school that you’re not supposed to cheat, you’re just supposed to know things and teacher will be angry if you don’t. You were taught that cribbing from other people is bad.
But real life, in a real job, is not an exam. Everyone, selfishly, needs you to become productive and be able to make a contribution. The only way that can happen is if you ask what they need you to do. If you don’t understand, ask again. I would try something first, just so you have something to talk about and learn from, but asking is a super power.
Watch the people who are senior. They listen, and they ask. This is a superpower you need to master.