Sometimes, it’s easier to just give them a fish.

I hear this all the time. “You can give them a fish, or you can teach them to fish…” You know. That anecdote – if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, etc. etc.

I was on the phone today for about 25 minutes trying to teach someone to fish. But I think, in retrospect… this might have been a time to just toss it to ’em and be done with it.

How long do you let them sit there, throwing around the fishing pole, sticking it up their nose, putting it in a tree, trying to light it on fire, before you just throw them the freaking fish already? No, that’s not a rhetorical question. I want to hear your answers. Examples pls kthx bye.

4 thoughts on “Sometimes, it’s easier to just give them a fish.

  1. Sara

    Teacher’s perspective – you give them the stupid fish when they are at frustration level. No learning happens at frustration level.

  2. Dennis

    When they’re so completely off that they don’t realize that fishing poles are what catch fish. If basic math (1+1=Fish, for example), there’s no hope.

    Specific example: had a player who insisted that he had cards to trade (this is in the videogame that I manage), and that he KNEW he had some. We looked. He didn’t. “Why can’t I see my cards to trade them?” And then he swore a lot. Muting and then banning his account felt nice.

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