I gave up my personal profile on Facebook nearly two years ago now. I had multiple reasons for doing so, and multiple reasons for not using it again, but one thing I disliked about it still stands out to me... "the lazy friend."
No doubt at some point of posting a picture or a comment about your day, you get at least one commenter asking, "How can I do that?" or "What does (word used) mean?"
Oh my word. People.
We live in a day and age where it has NEVER BEEN EASIER to find answers for anything. ANYTHING.
Growing up, when I asked my mom what a word meant, she replied with the same three words - every. time. "Look it up."
I headed to the bookshelf, lugged out our 40 pound dictionary, recited my alphabet a few times to find the spelling of the word, and looked up the definition. Every. time.
Today, if you don't know what a word means you can say, "Hey Siri, what does (word) mean?" and she'll tell you.
You can sit at your keyboard and Google "Define (word)" and you'll get a whole page of readily available answers.
Or you can lazily comment on Facebook and wait for your friend or one of their friends to reply and give you an answer you didn't care enough about to find for yourself to begin with.
This behavior has bled over into life and business, and has to be stopped.
All too often, people are comfortable asking, "Hey, I need to do ABC, someone tell me how." And instead of using the almighty Google, or instead of going to the website specifically talking about ABC, they sit and wait for a reply from someone who most likely doesn't have the time or the interest to answer them thoroughly - or correctly.
USE THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE.
If your client needs something from you and you aren't sure exactly what it is or how to go about it, Google it.
Search for the answer somewhere, some how, without relying on someone else to do your work for you. The work has already been done, you just need to find it.
When you need to come up with a creative solution to a problem, search for it. Google it. YouTube it. Take the ideas others have already compiled, and tweak them to suit your situation.
When something doesn't work, don't throw your hands up in the air and wave a white flag waiting to be rescued. Be the hero and seek a solution.
Is it always fun? No. Is it always worthwhile? Absolutely.
Find the answer and create the solution, rather than repeat the problem over and over until someone gives you an answer you could have found yourself.
Am I being too harsh in this? Um, no.
When the world is quite literally at our fingertips in this day and age, we cannot refuse to explore it.
You might not always have to use your head, but you can at least use your fingertips and let the resources work for you.
There's a reason Let Me Google That exists. Don't be that reason.
Being innovative is not a mysterious gift some people were born with and others are straight-out-of-luck not to have.
Being innovative is a choice.
Choose to be innovative. Choose to be a self starter.