Asking for help is not something we do naturally. We often find it painfully difficult to do because it makes us feel vulnerable, feeble or ashamed; and so our fears of rejection and embarrassment get in the way.
In reality, the only real weakness is NOT asking for help. We don’t have to belittle our desire for help. We all need others for support and information so it just makes plain good sense to take advantage of every shred of expertise available through reading, friends, and work.
We all need feedback- someone to bounce ideas around with, someone who can be honest enough to give you a straight answer. Having people we can count on (and who in turn, count on us) is essential.
None of us have all the skills needed for success. As our sages teach, “Who is wise? One who learns from everyone.” A wise person seeks the cooperation and help of others, especially of those who have knowledge and skills which they do not posses themselves.
Love yourself enough to seek help. Your greatest gifts lie just beyond the things you fear the most – so ask for help even when you fear the repercussions. Knowing others who care about us are out there, whether or not we ever need them.
We don’t have to handle everything alone. There is nothing we need to prove. There is minimal risk in asking for help; the real risk is in not asking.
Lead From Within: Only those who ask for more can get more and only those who know there is more, ask.
Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.