Even if you’re the finest surgeon in the world, you don’t perform surgery on yourself. This analogy carries a profound message that applies to every leader.
In the same way it wouldn’t make sense for a surgeon to perform surgery on their own body, it’s also a good idea to seek help from others when you’re dealing with the tough stuff in life. No matter how smart or strong you are, sometimes you need a hand.
Getting help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of vulnerability. It’s about getting the help you need including different views, skillsets, and ideas. When you have someone else’s help, it’s often easier to find solutions and let go.
We need to be open to receiving help. It’s a choice that leads to better solutions. It also removes the isolation and loneliness that comes with challenge – personally and professionally.
When you’re grappling with a problem, getting assistance from someone else means having fresh eyes and different ideas. It will help you find answers you’d most certainly miss on your own.
Like a fish in water, without being removed from the water, the fish doesn’t know the water it’s in. Our inability to seek and accept help effectively will limit our growth, creativity, and overall success. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness but a crucial step towards achieving our goals and overcoming obstacles.
Ask for it.