I'm Bad at Asking for Help

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I have struggled to complete a project for over a month. Not a month straight.  That would be a little crazy. I take a shot at it about once every week or two. I haven't asked for help and I think I can trace this back to a personality trait instilled in my upbringing.

The Problem

The issue is with setting up a Python Flask app on an AWS server. I should have figured this out by now. This is not an unsolved problem. I am just doing something wrong and haven't figured it out yet.

I have yet to ask for any help. I have read Stackoverflow questions, forum posts, and tutorials on the actual task. None of these have helped me overcome the problem I am having. I have yet to bring myself to post my own issue to see if someone can help me.


When I was going up I learned through my dad that there was almost nothing that we Tooley's could not build or repair ourselves. I learned to work on cars, houses, and electronics. I also learned to program on a TI-99/4A since we were not allowed to have Atari or Nintendo. I have tons of projects in my garage waiting to be completed and I know I can figure how to fix or build most things.

This leads me to believe that I am afraid to ask for help since I should be able to figure out most everything. I know this is irrational. I cannot solve every problem and and there are lots of people who would help me.

The Irony

I am a technology enthusiast and love to help other learn how to use technology. I am involved in a Free Code Camp campsite because I am excited to show others how to do what I know how to do and how to learn on their own. At work, I do a lot of unofficial desktop support because I am known to be able to help people fix the issues they are having with their software and hardware. I enjoy helping people. I want to help others.

My Plan

I am going to conquer this problem this weekend. I am going to gather all the information I can and post the logs, configs, etc. everywhere it might be relevant and let someone else teach me something I don't know about this issue. Updates forthcoming.


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