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Thought for the Week
Your Success Thought for the Week of July 29, 2009
Asking for Help
The smartest and most successful people I know ask for help regularly. Then there are those who feel that once they've reached a certain level of prestige they should know, be, and do it all.  This couldn't be farther from the truth. 
In fact, I often hear the following frustrations from associates of the latter:
  •  "I've offered to help her but she simply won't take me up on it."
  •  "I wish he would ask for help and not take so much on.  He doesn't have anything to prove and is burning himself out.  It's hard to watch and it doesn't have to be that way."
  •  "If she would ask her brilliant team members for help before submitting proposals, we wouldn't have to send her back to correct her assumptions. It would save time and honor the expertise all around her."
We sometimes forget that asking for help is not just about us.  It honors others to know we think highly enough of them to ask for their assistance.
Help comes in many forms.  It can be as simple as having strong administrative support to organize your schedule, office, and onslaught of communication. 
Ask for help at home.  One client calls this his own 'economic stimulus package.'  He hires individuals in need of work to help with his home tasks and projects.  This frees him up to do what he does best. 
Help can be in the form of delegation or, as I like to call it, 'growing your people' to take on responsibilities you believe only you can accomplish.  Yes, it takes time at first to mentor, but in the long run, delegation frees you up to take on more intriguing endeavors.
Help can be more formal - as in putting together a peer group or hiring an executive coach.  These options are specific to your needs, highly productive, and fun in that you're not taking it all on yourself. 
There's help all around you. 
Your mastery is in knowing who, when, and how to ask for assistance.
All of the above options allow you to grow and expand beyond what you can do on your own.  Not asking for help keeps you in the same place you were yesterday.  Is this how you want to experience life?
This week look around.  Who can make your life easier and more productive?   You'll be honoring both 'you' and them by simply asking.  If they say "No," get more creative.  There's someone even better out there to assist you.
Enjoy your discoveries and have a grand week!

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