Do Your Research Instead of Driving in Circles


While at my internship I have been required to adapt quickly and learn new things when they are asked of me. I have been asked to fill out equipment insurance forms, plan an event and even assist on film shoots. Though I never expected that one of the biggest challenges I would encounter during my internship would be learning to drive a golf cart.

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On my first day as a production assistant, the producer asked me to pick up a golf cart to drive the talent around campus. I had never been in a golf cart, let alone know how to drive one. First, I couldn’t figure out how to turn on the golf cart. Then, I couldn’t figure out why every time I thought I was putting the golf cart into reverse, the windshield wipers would turn on. I won’t bore you with all the details about how it took me 30 minutes to learn to reverse the golf cart or the fact that an entire office floor had a front row seat to my failed attempts. I imagine if you search hard enough on YouTube you might find video evidence of my adventure.

The next day when I showed up to work and was told they would need me to drive the golf cart again, I made sure to take a few moments to actually read the instruction manual. Though it was embarrassing to admit that I didn’t know what I was doing, it was more embarrassing to admit that I didn’t even try to read the instruction manual or to ask for help before attempting my “reverse driving fail.”

Sometimes you need to do your research before you try to jump into a task that has been asked of you. Most of the time your boss or fellow coworkers expect you to not understand fully when they ask you to do something new, but they want you to ask questions and do your research so you can learn. Take it from me; it is better to do your research, than to be left embarrassed and driving in circles.

—Kelly Wolfram

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6 Responses to Do Your Research Instead of Driving in Circles

  1. nikkimaroney says:

    Wow, that is epic. A couple years ago I almost tipped a golf cart into a sand trap one time so I feel your pain. Frankly, driving a golf cart for the first time is much harder than it looks! If I had been in your shoes I would’ve been guilty of doing the exact same thing. “Sure, I got…” when really, I have no idea what I’m doing. There’s a fine line between being a doer and doing your homework first. Luckily in this scenario, I’m sure everyone got a good laugh. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Haha this is awesome! When I try something new I do everything possible to avoid inconveniencing someone else. Often times that creates more work isn’t as efficient. As I am sure it was a little humbling, I am glad that you took the time to do something correct. Good luck driving the golf cart the rest of the term!

  3. jbrosy says:

    This is by far the funniest post so far, Kelly! This totally reminded me of our Brief #2 when we had to decipher whether we were Introverts or Extroverts, Sensors or Intuitives, etc. It seems like you may prefer taking the Intuitive route, but in the end the Sensor route worked better. It just goes to show you just live and learn, it sounds like you finally got the hang of it. Great post, Kelly!

  4. lianacal says:

    Haha I love this! I do think it is really important to do your research, even if the tasks seem super simple. New work environments bring new duties that can be foreign to us, even though they are part of the norm for everyone else in the office. Sometimes I find myself too eagerly jumping into projects without doing the proper preparation. Thanks for the laugh and the reminder to do research!

  5. kativanloo says:

    I love this. I appreciate your transparency so much. Haha. I could not agree with you more; if you take just a few extra minutes to do your research you can avoid mistakes you might have made otherwise. Thanks for your post!

  6. Rachel says:

    Hahah! Thanks for the laugh! Something you think is so easy turns out to be difficult. Thanks for pointing out that sometimes the little things do matter rather than the big picture. -Rachel Davidson

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