I recently created a secondary blog for my own nefarious purposes. See, I’ve discovered that there are many times when I feel like working on a project, but somehow I just don’t have the necessary skills or talents or whatnot. So as a way of broadcasting what I’m working on, I’m publishing to umpteenprojects.wordpress.com, in the hopes that someone will read about it and become a part of the project.
And you know the funny thing? It works.
Not just the blog, mind you, but somehow when you talk about what you’re working on, and specifically what the hangups are, things start moving. I was meeting with my friend at Starbucks, and he was lamenting the fact that he needs more storage space for an increased volume of video recordings. At that point, I realized that I have a large external memory drive just sitting around, that is only unusable because I somehow lost the power cord. We’re going to see if he happens to have something that could make it work and, if so, by all means he can use it.
At a board meeting for my school assembly group, my business partner and I were mentioning our need for sound equipment, and one of our board members said “Oh, I have one. You can use it.” Completely out of the blue and unexpected.
The message? Talk about it. Whatever you’re working on, whatever you need to get it done, let people know. Someone, somewhere has the piece you need. You just have to let them know that you’re looking for it. For the most part, you don’t even have to ask for help, people will offer it if it’s something they want to do. It’s a chocolate / peanut butter thing. Or a salsa / nachos thing. Or a Hawaiian roll / butter thing. If you have one and not the other, you’ll be happy to find someone in the opposite situation.
So spread the word, and see what happens for you.