Sir Isaac Newton wrote a letter to a fellow scientist Robert Hoke, way back in 1675, in his letter he made a famous quote that still rings in our ears even to this date; “If I have seen further, It is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
We have heard many examples of prominent people who have stood on the shoulders of giants to get them from point A to B.
Steve Jobs very first breakthrough came about when he asked Bill Hewlett for help. At that time all that Steve wanted was just a few electronic parts to complete his personal project. Bill Hewlett co-founder of Hewlett Packard was struck by the courage it took for Steve to pick up the phone and ask for help.
Before he knew it, Steve Jobs was given the parts he wanted and was later offered a job at Hewlett Packard as an assembly line worker.
” I’ve always found something to be very true, which is most people don’t get those experiences because they never ask, Jobs said I’ve never found anybody that didn’t want to help me if I asked for help.”
Steve Jobs narrated in an interview dated 1994 by the silicon valley Historical Association.
Katia Beauchamp an American entrepreneur and co-founder of BirchBox used the same tact.
Back in 2008 Katia boldly sent an email to Steve Jobs. At the time, she had to have a dell laptop before she could join Harvard Business school. To her surprise, Steve Jobs responded to her email in less than 24hours and gave her a deal on a first edition MacBook Air. This turned out to be the breakthrough that Beauchamp needed. Right after she graduated she launched her company BirchBox.
So what could the moral of the story be?
I firmly believe that reaching out for help not only gets us to a goal quicker but also opens up the gates of opportunity. An opportunity to Network with Like-minded people. I also believe that this is time wisely spent because it keeps us in the loop with relevant and influential people who can potentially help and vice versa.