A great comment on Reddit a few weeks ago, leading to a
good discussion in the comment thread below it. The comment was from
an MIT graduate and describes how badly his college education started to
go until he learned how to ask for help. The comment is titled
I'm not as smart as I thought I was and makes salutary, but inspiring, reading :
People fail to graduate from MIT because they come in, encounter problems that
are harder than anything they've had to do before, and not knowing how to look
for help or how to go about wrestling those problems, burn out. The students
that are successful look at that challenge, wrestle with feelings of inadequacy
and stupidity, and begin to take steps hiking that mountain, knowing that
bruised pride is a small price to pay for getting to see the view from the top.
They ask for help, they acknowledge their inadequacies. They don't blame their
lack of intelligence, they blame their lack of motivation.
The moral of the story is that it's stupid not to ask for help if you get
stuck, at any stage in life or education. Even, or maybe especially,
at a place like MIT.