“If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.”
The first sentence above comes from Benjamin Franklin, whilst the complete statement is attributed to Lucille Ball. The first sentence is arguably the more famous, but it’s the second sentence that best fits the sentiments of today’s blog.
Have you ever noticed that in OSS it is always the busiest people who volunteer to assist with a task or take responsibility for an activity?
Have you also noticed that these people tend to be the most knowledgeable, the tripods of the organisation? They also tend to be the connectors who bridge knowledge or function gaps.
It’s not a coincidence that they’re the most valuable is it? The more they do, the more they can do.
I’m lucky enough to mentor some very bright and dedicated individuals. I’m often asked what they can do to learn more. Want to learn more about OSS? Offering to lend a hand at every opportunity, especially if its outside your comfort zone, is one way to speed up your personal development and learning. As Lucille Ball said, “The more you do, the more you can do.”