If I had to take any one thing from this past week it would be that everyone needs someone to lean on. Ok, I did get that line from the movie Lean On Me, but the basic principles hold true. It’s ok to ask for help. We all fall short at times, and that’s ok no one is perfect no not one.
I do admit that I have a hard time asking for help.It’s not because I think I’m all of that and a pack of donuts, (far from it). As a matter of fact I know many successful business men and women are great because they have a great circle of trust around them and a great team of people who are probably more talented than they would ever hope to be. I guess I struggle partly, because of pride, and partly because I’m afraid of rejection. But when I’ve reached my human capacity for squeezing knowledge into my brain it’s time to remember my personal mantras by having the courage to be me, not trying to play superwoman, and asking for help. I sometimes have to tell myself to stop waiting until I’m driven into a corner to swallow my pride, while other times I just need to stop being a punk and woman up when I need an attentive ear or even a shoulder to cry on.
Just recently, I reached out to several women entrepreneurs that I truly admire, and felt I could trust to be patient with me. Mind you, because I know that women are some of the most taken advantage of entrepreneurs due to our giving nature. I do my best not to approach others trying to take advantage of their kindness, as I respect the trades of these women (we all have bills to pay). I’m grateful for their advice and taking time to offer me help. Because someone has helped me, I am more humbled and in a better position to show the same love they have shown me.
So, to those ladies and countless others, I thank you for your help.