Posted by Meg Bear on January 10, 2012
When I was younger, so much younger than today…
OK, enough with the serenade… I’ve been thinking a lot these days, about asking for and offering help.
I’ve come to realize that most are reluctant to ask for help — and I’m noticing this has a huge downside.
In trying to think about how to help people become comfortable asking for help (read that one again, it’s deep), I think the trick is to focus on being more helpful.
So I want to know
- When was the last time you helped someone else? Is it something you are doing regularly? Is it a goal of yours?
- How do you think you could become more helpful to others?
- Do others think of you as helpful?
- When was the last time someone observed you being helpful?
When you come to terms with the idea that to be your best professional self you will need help — you realize that someday you are going to have to ask. When you are a helpful person, it is a lot easier to ask others for help, since you already know that being helpful makes you feel good.
Which brings me right back to the starting point…
There is a lot of help needed out there. To satisfy this demand, we need more helpful people in this world — time for you to start picking up the slack.
I look forward to hearing about your progress.