Finding specifically what you are looking for online can take a long time. If you are a business person, an engineer, physician, lawyer, or any other professional, you MUST use time efficiently to find information.
NEVER drive around from shop to shop looking for something until you consult the internet. The time it takes to walk to the car could have found what you are looking for on the internet; Google Maps, or even the phone book.
If you know a store near you has what you are looking for, call and check to see if it is in stock; don’t make a wasted trip (store closed, out of stock, price much higher than online… ).
The same is true when you want to learn some piece of information; or even, insight into areas you didn’t know you needed to learn to reach a goal. Learning to identify and fill gaps in a system of efforts to achieve a system of results, is what professionals are paid to achieve. Building a house, growing a garden, programming software, repairing a car, running a business… the more successful professionals are able to find ways to identify gaps in their understanding, then efficiently work towards filling those gaps.
Always do a little research before wasting someone’s time, that they could be using on something more productive. Often by doing the initial research about what is being asked, the answer becomes obvious. If not, the question requires knowing some basic information, relationships, and common jargon (keywords) used so the question can clearly be asked.
One method for a product search is as follows; instead of a product it could have been a business, perspective, relationship, or most anything else.
If you don’t know where to get what you are looking for:
All of these can provide you with good keywords to use in your search. For example, after not being able to find what you are looking for online, while searching online you might learn some “industry keywords” (jargon) to use when talking to an expert you know, so that they can zone-in on what you need faster.
For Google, use some of the advanced keyword helpers to focus your search efficiency. The following represents some of the tricks you can use to isolate a search from millions of URL hits, to 10 hits or less:
Example: I don’t know anything about conveyor belts for moving garbage from one location to another. I’m tasked with identifying a conveyor belt type and ultimately purchasing one for less than $1,000.
If these don’t work the first time, change your keywords and possibly call an expert to get some suggestions. But always consult the internet first so you can talk intelligently with your expert.
You can find a large variety of other useful search tools at:
Developing anything requires some skill in Project Management. Implementing project management depends upon Efficient Learning Skills; that are assisted by Research Tips & Tricks. To be a valuable part of a group to usefully choose information and skills to learn and share with the group requires Common Sense. To prevent others who want to abuse group resources for their own agendas, skills related to Recognizing Corruption are required; and subsequently what to do to prevent Sustained Corruption.
Growth of group power and influence requires developing a powerful mutually sustaining group. Where member weaknesses are recognized without condescension (Arrogance) nor self-deceit (lack of Self-Respect) and the group together prevents significant harm to the group; all members have weaknesses. Together the group determines a reasonable set of goals, and each member teaches themselves additional skills to support achieving those goals. Demonstrated success creates a reputation of perceived trust in the group and its members. A bad reputation of an individual affects the reputation of the group. So perceived value of the group depends upon training the individual members.
Other persons or groups with control over under-utilized resources, tend to offer access to those resources where there is trust additional under-utilized resources can be developed more than they currently control. The group must be able to show evidence of being a low-risk significant resource for development.
During development, others outside the group who appear to be worthy of Access to Opportunities to earn respect, are provided an opportunity to teach themselves related to a low-risk low-value project benefiting the group. Failure does not significantly harm the group; depending on many factors the person may be trained or excluded from the group. Success means providing the person a higher risk but more significant opportunity to develop. The person learns to mitigate higher risks, by sharing risks with others in the group (mentoring). As a result, a long string of successes benefits both the group and each individual.
A person without Common Sense, cannot usefully participate in development, so they are either used a placeholders to implement some form of control, or they are taught to “consistently” express Common Sense so they can learn to become a useful part of developments.