people are willing and able to help (if you ask)

In building a business, leadership, learning, relationships, stories by Jay Clouse

I think one of the hardest things for me to do is ask for help.

One, it requires a little bit of vulnerability and humility to say, “I need your help.” And two, because I have so much (over?)confidence in my own ability to perform, that my first thought is to just do things myself.

But as I think bigger and take on more responsibility, I know that I can’t do it all.

Over the past few months as I put more intent into asking others for help and working with people as a team, I was surprised by how willing people were to help out.

I think I was hung up on the idea that people wouldn’t want to dedicate their own time to something I was trying to make a reality (a lot of this is volunteer work) but that wasn’t the case. It generally seems like people are stoked to lend a hand, I just hadn’t asked before.

I’m doing a lot of things right now (too many things), but I wouldn’t be able to do half of them without the teams of people I’ve pulled together to see them through.¬†And not only that — but they do awesome work!

This isn’t a revelation for a lot of people, but as a “performer” at heart, it was an eye opener for me to see how much more can be accomplished when I let go.

But that just doesn’t happen without the first step of asking for help.


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