• You’ve got to be willing to fail. You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. With people on the phone, with starting a company. If you are afraid of failing, you won’t get very far” – Steve Jobs

This interview segment (thanks Karen) by this icon of embracing failure, Steve Jobs (born today in 1955), provides a particularly articulate plea for the need to ask for help. And today, through numerous digital communities and online forums, there are more media for asking for help than ever before and certainly more than was starting out.

Allister Frost highlights some best practice for using Twitter for help in his post “How to Ask for Help On Twitter” including the first bullet…

  • “Please Help – this simple, human plea generates more than 160% more retweets than the average tweet. Evidence, if it were ever needed, that social media is all about people helping other people.”