I have absolutely no problem telling someone I don’t know how to do something or am unsure of what I am doing.
I learned this lesson the hard way more than once until I learned to swallow my pride.
I have also run into people in positions of authority who blew me off because either they couldn’t answer my questions or wouldn’t take the time to explain something to me after I asked for help.
The ones that really piss me off are the ones who blow through an explanation so fast that you couldn’t possibly retain the information and then look at you like you are an idiot when you ask them to slow down and repeat it.
These people are assholes.
If someone comes to me asking for help on something I know about I will go out of my way to make sure they understand what I am trying to teach them.
If they come back again and are still having problems I will stop what I am doing and help them again until they get it right.
I consider myself to be Old School at this point because all of the younger people I work with are freakin’ computer geniuses compared to what I know but have never heard of some things that were around long before I was born and you will run into occasionally.
Let me give you a perfect example.
How many of you know what this is and what it is used for?
If you know the answer to that then you can officially consider yourself to be an Old Fart.
Try asking anyone under forty years old what that is and you will get a blank stare.
I had to explain what that is and how to use it to a forty year old guy last night who is actually a pretty good wrench turner.