Why You Should Never Propose or Promise Anything You Are Not Sure To Do
Are you taking on projects or tasks that you know you’re not sure to do? Before you propose or promise to do anything for someone make sure you already know how to do it. Otherwise not fulfilling your promise will leave you feeling frustrated and stressed and cause the other person to not trust you. Word gets out and spreads like wild fire ruining your reputation in the process.
It may seem as a noble gesture in the beginning but one that could backfire right in your face.
You could use this time to become knowledgeable in this area of expertise so the next time a project like this comes up you are in a position to truthfully accept the assignment and complete it in a short space of time as opposed to the length of time it will take for you to first learn how to and then actually do it. Plus, it will save you money that may be wasted on damaged material because you didn’t know what to do in the first place.
If you want to take on a project that you’re not sure how to do as a favour to a friend, then be open and upfront and let him/her know that you don’t know how to do it but you are willing to find the information and learn. Make sure the person knows what they’re getting into from the get go so if you’re unable to complete the project they’d know that at least you tried to help them out as you’re using this as a learning experience.
Learning a new task from someone who already knows can save you a lot of time, shortening the learning curve and stress from many trials and errors.