I make sure to set some time to help others. Either those asking me via emails/DMs or by writing things on my blogs.
But sometimes, I want to keep time wasted between back and forth to a minimum. If you want to ask someone, just ask. Say it in the first message. Be quick, direct to the point, and avoid the extra talk.
There is no need to say: Can I ask you something? Hey, how are you? What you are doing is good, can you help me with something? You think you are being friendly, but you are not. A lot of people out there are ready to help. So help them help you by getting directly to the point.
Just ask. Just say it. When you have the chance to ask, do it. Don’t ask for permission.
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