Blake Snow

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How speaking up gets you grease

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The following is one of 18 lessons for my new remote work training company. You should totally ask your employer to buy it. 😉

Admitting that you’re stuck is a hard thing to do. Asking for help is even harder, especially for the more prideful souls among us, of which there is no shortage. On top of that, many of us refrain from asking for help because we think doing so is imposing on or making more unwanted work for others.

Nothing could be further from the truth. While it’s true that asking for help sometimes creates more work for others, we do not get to decide what is unwelcome work for others. Predicting or telling ourselves that is an unhelpful projection. That may be true some of the time, but research shows that humans are usually willing to help. As social creatures, it’s in our DNA and has been for tens of thousands of years.

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Be a lamb. Help me identify this sad, sad song. UPDATED

UPDATED: In less than three hours, Smooth Harold reader Whit identified it! Thanks, Whit.

My memory and Google skills are failing me. After searching for an hour last night, I was unable to recall this really good sad song I heard last week. Some identifying attributes:

  1. Sung by a man.
  2. Not outright country, but I remember a little twang in it. Definitely a slow song.
  3. The man is singing to his wife, who has left him (again) at the worst of times, leaving him with the kids even.
  4. The song may or may not reference poverty, job, loss, etc, making the heartbreak all the more painful.
  5. A car or reference to “driving away’ may or may not be involved.
  6. I know the guy says something to the effect that he is truly heartbroken, especially by the timing of the women’s departure.

It’s one of the best sad songs I’ve ever heard. Any ideas, Internet?

UPDATE: Smooth Harold launches ‘Helpdesk’ and open lunch invitations

In an effort to be a better human being while attempting to do what countless others have done for me, I’m launching two new social features on Smooth Harold. The first is the Smooth Harold Helpdesk. If you have a specific question you think I might be able to answer (business, web, personal, etc), don’t hesitate to ask via email, phone, or in person. I’ll usually respond same day when possible and free of charge. If I don’t know the answer, chances are I can refer you to someone who does. And no, this isn’t quid pro quo (really), it’s just a genuine attempt to share the little that I’ve learned from talking with people smarter than me, reading good books, and seeing what sticks.

The second offering is perhaps an extension of the first; it’s an open invitation to share lunch with any one either living in or visiting the greater Salt Lake area regardless if I know you personally or not. I remember a little over a year ago being down and out in business. I had just become a first-time father and hadn’t taken home a paycheck in over three months due to slow sales. Swallowing my pride, I asked an individual whom I respected but didn’t know if he’d be willing to go to lunch and answer some of my questions. It was one of the most helpfully and motivational experiences I’ve had as an entrepreneur in progress and was just the antidote I needed to keep going. (Thanks, Josh!) All you have to do is ask, and there are plenty of other people out there willing to do the same. So have your people call my people; we’ll do lunch! Of course, I don’t have an entourage of people, so you can just contact me or have your entourage contact me.

See the updated sidebar for complete details on both.