July 8, 2010

Can You Help Me?

Four Simple Words

Why do most of us have trouble saying them? Most people I know are good at offering a hand but tend to be more reluctant to ask.

This is about gaining a new perspective on a certain area of your business or career. You may need others to hit the restart for you and clear your vision.

Online Etiquette

We can get stuck in a world where we are supposed have our act together. If you travel in the social web, you know that you can't go online and complain about prospecting or revenue or being stuck. No one likes a whiner. Conversely, the fine line gets finer because few like anyone who brags about themselves all the time.

This is why a personal advocacy group is essential. Find five people who can give you real advice, clear direction and objective perspective. In return, offer that help back to others. This needs to be taken seriously and people's time must be respected.

This is not a dumping ground for grievances.

This week, I sent a note to seven people and simply asked for fifteen minutes of their time. All seven agreed. Thanks guys! The help has proved invaluable. It was tough to ask for help but as a friend of mine who is a psychologist reminds me - asking for help is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength.

The little things become the big things and your advisers can help you keep them small and manageable. Suffering in silence or pretending you have it all covered will significantly affect your career and business in a negative way. It will also affect those around you. Been there, done that.

Where are you stuck? Who can you call? Who can you help?

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