We need to talk about something important. Something I see a lot of professionals shying away from, especially here in the U.S. where a fierce sense of independence is practically instilled in us at birth.
This is something I think we are all a little ashamed to admit from time to time.
We need to ask for help.
Now no one is afraid to ask for help when-
- Tax day approaches and we need an accountant
- A pipe bursts and we need a plumber
- The car breaks down and we need a mechanic
So why do we hesitate when we need help with our careers? There is no shame in needing a little help. In fact, most ultra-successful people readily seek it out.
Athletes, actors and titans of industry all use coaches, strategists and assistants. Why should we be any different?
Sometimes all we need is a third party to look at our situation and point us in a direction we can’t see. Our struggles are often too close for us to evaluate objectively.
Other times we are completely overwhelmed and need someone to map out a plan, or a proven course of action that we can then have confidence in following. And sometimes we are simply spread too thin and need an expert to step in and take some of the burden off of our shoulders.
Whatever the situation we should always feel comfortable asking for a little help from our friends.
“Don’t be ashamed of needing help. You have a duty to fulfill just like a soldier on the wall of battle. So what if you are injured and can’t climb up without another soldier’s help.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
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