When we started Officehours, we thought our challenge would be in convincing advisors to volunteer their time. We were mistaken. A lot of people feel good about sharing advice. However, asking for advice isn’t as easy.
It’s just a hunch at this point, but I think this is because asking questions takes humility. Asking means admitting you don’t know all the answers—and for many this is an act of defeat. It shouldn’t be, though. The smartest people keep asking questions. (Perhaps this is why Warren Buffett spends 80% of his workday reading.)
The other very real possibility is that those who need help aren’t sure which questions to ask. So, we added a new feature that might help address this problem. It allows any advisor to note the sorts of questions they’re best able to answer.
Want to add some of your own? Visit your profile, on Officehours, and click Edit Profile (under your photo). In the Profile Edit screen, you’ll see a section that reads “Questions I can help with”. You can add your questions here. Not sure where to start? Here’s how I answered mine.
Interested in what we’re up to? We make note of system updates and improvements in our Changelog. (I do my best to keep it up-to-date.)