I’ve spent time thinking about how to create a solution to a problem I see. There are a few points I’m not quite sure how to resolve. I learned about some solutions close to, but not the same as, what I envision and was able to get connected with someone who helped create some of them. He’s familiar with the points I’m struggling with. Based on his experience, he laid out some possible paths and explained the pros and cons of each. That conversation was a huge time saver. It filled my knowledge gap and helped me understand what my next steps are.
My takeaway is that when I’m trying to do something, I should find out if others have done something similar and try to learn from their experiences. I don’t need to reinvent the wheel.