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We can all do so much better with a little help. However, many of us are afraid to ask for help, and this can hold back both ourselves and our businesses.
It can certainly be beneficial to ask for help when it comes to building a business. Just imagine how much better it would be to get support and share resources to develop your business. You’ll have hundreds of things at once (or at least you should), especially in the early days, until when it’s time to grow to survive.
The more organized and strict you are about achieving goals, the better your building foundation. The busier you are, the more likely you are to forget things, run into walls, or miss all the important deadlines. The temptation to push deadlines is great, if you still had time to set up a timeline. Moving, missing, or not noticing that you’ve missed goals can be costly and it slows down turning ideas into practice.
Rushing or skipping essential steps are all common mistakes in both new and established businesses, but asking for help or outsourcing and delegating some tasks can save you. If it’s your own deadlines that you miss and you work alone, it’s easy to apologize and lose motivation and momentum. If it’s other people’s deadlines that you miss, you can do untold damage to your business reputation, miss vital orders, repeat assignments, or offers costing you.
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asking for help
Enabling support ensures that nothing is skipped or forgotten. It will no doubt cost money unless you have family and friends ready to spend some free time. But just because a solution can cost money, you should definitely not reject it. Buying aid can give you a boost that can save you money in the long run.
It’s also generally not a good idea to carry everything on your shoulders, as pausing and recharging is nearly impossible, which you’ll end up paying for.
Companies never run smoothly and move from one thing to another. You juggle different aspects at the same time. It is vital that elements work simultaneously and laterally, not just linearly. All oars must be aligned for the boat to move forward. After all, the best rowers know the strength of all the arms that work together in time to win. Working as a team makes things move faster, so delegating and relying on others to work with you is enough.
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The power of coming together
It can certainly be difficult to ask for help, but sometimes it is not difficult to ask; it is being comfortable to accept the help that is the real problem. Even those who ask for help can find it difficult to let go and actually accept it and entrust tasks to others without wanting to micromanage. For some, it is to blame for needing help, feeling inadequate or frustrated within themselves. However, it is vital to put aside feelings of failure and shortcomings and accept that sometimes things are bigger than we can handle, physically or emotionally. Knowing when you need help and doing something about it is a sign of strength.
Countries and individuals do better when they come together to offer and receive help. Even the powerful United States has teams of advisers who support the president. The president is the face of the country, but he is supported in his work by advisers, assistants and experts in other fields. He basically builds a business and uses the people who can best help him grow to get the job done.
Building a business is much the same; it’s hard alone, and sometimes you need advice, support and a teammate with more time or expertise. Even if you have experience in all business areas, you still only have the same number of hours and days as everyone else.
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Connecting people who need help
In business, I quickly learned that regardless of our culture or beliefs, we have fundamentally similar concerns and problems as individuals and companies in the world. Regardless of our position in life or wealth, what sets some apart is their ability to accept help when needed.
It is not a sign of weakness or inability to manage effectively. It’s a sign that you recognize what others can bring to your business and life and that you’re willing to let them do it for you.
We need to get past making endless to-do lists and spend more time juggling the to-dos than actually doing them. If this means taking a step back and accepting help, how can it be a bad thing? If you are offered help, saying ‘yes’ can bring many fascinating opportunities for your business, friendships, networking opportunities and a chance for people to enjoy your success with you.
I often use the analogy of hamsters running on a wheel. Sometimes the wheel spins too fast and they fall off. As we negotiate the wheel of life, it often moves faster than we can handle. We strive not to trip or fall off, yet we often do, and this is often because we don’t ask for help to better drive over the wheel. Accepting help may be all that is needed.
Our humanity, I think, may see differences in our cultural norms, our morality and ethics and our past experiences shape who we are, but share them and help others and we can all learn and achieve greater things. So whether you see yourself as a low-ranking employee, a billionaire or an londonbusinessblog.com, it doesn’t matter. Taking advantage of the help available and asking when you need help will narrow the differences between us and leave only a few degrees of separation between us.