Asking for help is not a weakness – it is a strength.
But often in business, we are given the impression that asking for help is weak – going it alone is the strong thing to do.
Thanks to a LinkedIn post by Candice Kingston, I learned the origin of the phrase lone wolf. It is not what most of us think. A lone wolf is one who splits off from the pack, tries to survive on his/her own but ultimately ends up dying of starvation. The starvation happens because it is the pack working together that gets the food. Alone it doesn’t happen.
Think about that in terms of business. Do we do as well in business when we are alone? Typically no.
Solopreneur is not in my vocabulary
Lone wolf is going to join the word solopreneur on the recently deleted list. I credit Krista Resnick with changing my opinion of this word.
A solopreneur is typically used to refer to someone who is a “me, myself, and I” business. These are people who might be coaches or consultants, haven’t scaled their business beyond just themselves yet and are doing EVERYTHING for their business – operations, sales, marketing, finance. The reference to solo in the word also implies they are going it alone.
The subconscious tells us we don’t need any help. We’ve got this. As I’ve reflected this – I see some it, even in some of the actions I’ve taken since I started my business 8 years ago.
Fake it until you make it
And finally, fake it until you make it is another phrase that messes with our subconscious. Martha Krajci shared this common mantra with the caveat that you are likely never to make it because you’ve convinced your brain that you are a fake.
The common thread through all of these examples is this: we are better when we support each other and ask for help.
Here are some ideas:
- Hire an accountant or bookkeeper to help you manage your finances
- Consider a virtual assistant. They help in a variety of ways, from assisting with scheduling, creating systems, doing bookwork, to social media management. You can likely find a virtual assistant with skills and expertise to help with any business function you’d like to delegate
- Hire a coach. Coaches can help develop sales systems, build confidence, guide the development of your business model or help you learn nearly any business function.
- Join a mastermind, networking group, or professional group and build supportive relationships with those you meet through these events
- Outsource your marketing (OK, you knew this one would be on the list since it is what I do…)
This week I challenge you to think about where can you ask for help. What tasks could you outsource? Or delegate? Could you hire a coach to help guide you through a process or navigate a particularly hard or challenging system to set up? Good luck!
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