Posted by: Brian Parsley
Real Courage Comes from Asking for Help: Why Entrepreneurs Should Embrace It
As an entrepreneur, you’re probably used to being a go-getter. You have the drive and determination to create something out of nothing, and often pride yourself on being self-sufficient.
But that can also mean that you avoid asking for help when you need it. Perhaps you worry about appearing weak or incompetent, or fear that others won’t take you seriously.
However, real courage comes from asking for help when you need it. As Oprah Winfrey once said, “Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength because it takes courage to admit you don’t know something or need help.”
So when should you ask for help? Here are three signs that it’s time:
- You’re dealing with a problem you can’t solve on your own. But you must first be willing to have the sensory acuity to realize there’s something wrong.
As an entrepreneur, you’re used to solving problems on your own. But there may be situations where you simply don’t have the expertise or resources to figure out a solution. Rather than struggling in silence, seek the help of someone who can offer expertise, advice, or a fresh perspective. This could be a mentor, consultant, or even a trusted friend or colleague. The easiest way to ask for support is this simple question. “Would you be against helping me with a problem?” Remember, two heads are often better than one.
- You’re feeling overwhelmed or burned out.
Entrepreneurship can be a 24/7 job, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of working long hours and neglecting your own well-being. But if you’re feeling constantly stressed or burnt out, it’s a sign that something must change. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether that means delegating tasks, hiring additional staff or seeking the support of a therapist or coach. Your health and well-being are essential for your success as an entrepreneur. But yet, we ignore this sign many times because we believe it’s easier to just do it yourself. That is the biggest mistake most people make. Check the ego and allow yourself to be aware of your stress tolerance.
- You’re ready to take your business to the next level.
Every entrepreneur wants to see their business grow, but it’s not always easy to know how to get there. That’s where seeking help can be invaluable. Whether it’s attending networking events, reaching out to potential investors or seeking the guidance of a business coach, reaching out for help can provide the support and resources you need to take your business to the next level. You and your business are a direct result of the people you are surrounding yourself with. But in addition to that it’s tied to how often you’re willing to ask for help. Most people only push themselves to where it feels uncomfortable. Rarely to they push themselves past that point unless they’re inspired or encouraged to do so. When you ask for help you’ll find your encouragement.
Remember, asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength. As an entrepreneur, it’s important to recognize when you need help and to have the courage to seek it out.
By doing so, you’ll gain new perspectives, expertise, and resources that can help you overcome challenges, achieve your goals, and ultimately succeed in your business.
Embrace the courage it takes to admit you don’t have all the answers and watch your business and personal development thrive.
Almost every “Professional Speaker” on the planet claims they’re number one in whatever topics they speak on. It’s not how many books you’ve written that matters, but rather what best practices you can transfer to the audience, based on a proven track record.
This is where Brian Parsley isn’t your ordinary presenter. He began his career selling door to door over 30 years ago. Since then he’s been a serial entrepreneur, building three highly successful organizations and selling two over the past two decades.
Brian is currently a managing partner in the global consulting firm, The Constance Group. His work has given him the opportunity to share his methodology and allowed him to use his gifts of teaching and speaking on an international platform on topics of sales optimization, building loyal customers, and leadership strategies that drive profits.
He teaches behavioral science around why people do what they do and how to manipulate challenging scenarios with good intent. His messages are powerful but filled with humor and stories so they resonate and can be recalled.
Fun fact, Brian has close to one million followers on TikTok doing fun pranks. He may be in his 50’s, but he’ll never lose his sense of humor.