Be a mountain or lean on one.
by Skip Cohen
I'm sticking with this series of short posts with ideas to help you build a stronger business. They're perfect to consider as we head into the weekend.
There's a great joke I heard once...Why does it take a million+ sperms to fertilize one egg?...none of them will ask for directions! Not asking for directions is a typical male stereotype, but in all honesty, it's not exclusive to men.
Here's my point - Even if you've only been in business a short time, you still have a network of people you've met with expertise in areas you're lacking. But so many of you struggle and never ask for help, advice, or an opinion beyond the person you see in the mirror.
One example from yours truly - years ago, I wanted to change something on my website. I figured I could cut and paste the HTML code and make the minor change within the parameters I wanted, and *poof* I'd have what I needed. I screwed it up so badly that a big part of my website crashed. I called my good buddy Scott Bourne with a cry for help - he made the change and then asked, "Why didn't you just call me in the first place?"
I'm not suggesting you give up your quest to be a DIY business owner; it's an admirable goal. But if you're light on the skills needed, ask for help! As sappy as it might sound, this industry is one giant family, and we all watch each other's backs. We're here to help each other, but nobody is a mind reader if you don't ask!
“Be strong enough to stand alone,
smart enough to know when you need help,
and brave enough to ask for it.”
Ziad K. Abdelnour
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