Are you someone who tries to do everything on your own? Is asking for help a sign of weakness to you? Well, it’s important to know when you need help and when you should try things on your own. Asking for help assists you in finding the correct way to do things from your peers. Finishing things on your own is appropriate when it is a fairly easy task to complete and when it is time to discover new things that you already have a good idea on how they should be completed. If nobody has ever taught you how to complete the difficult task at hand, you really shouldn’t expect to be able to finish it on your own. It’s ok. Sometimes finding help videos through google can guide you along the way, but nothing substitutes asking someone else for “hands on” training who has already successfully completed what you are trying to accomplish.
So, here are three things you can look for along the way as you learn from others:
1. Yes, try to figure it out, but take the guidance of others along the way.
Listen to others. That simple. Most people will offer valuable information to you and no matter what area of life that advice is given to you, accept the help and listen up. Not only will it help you with the project at hand, but it will also make that relationship even stronger.
2. Humble yourself.
This may be the most difficult step for some. To be able to receive advice, take it the right way and move on. Be coachable, trainable and do your best. That is all anyone can ask.
3. Retain the information.
Again, really listen to what others are saying. Look them in the eye when they are speaking, take notes, engage, study and retain. When you remember information, you can then offer the valuable content to others. If it was valuable for you, then I am guessing that it will be valuable to others at some point. Become the source for what you have learned.
Sending someone an email or just asking a simple question to someone who already knows how to do something isn’t a big deal. They can either offer to help or say they don’t have time right now to help out. Those are really the only two answers that you will hear back.
You won’t hear back the made up answers that you have already played in your head time and time again like,
“How can you not know this?” or “What are you thinking?”.
I have found that most people offer up information that they already know. It isn’t an inconvenience, because they probably have already done all the research and may even still have it on file somewhere.
True friends want to help you succeed.
What have you taken help in recently? You can leave your comment below.