This is the hardest advice for me to follow myself. Yet it is important enough to be the first item in this mini-blog series. I am constantly amazed at how easy it is to get help once I convince myself to ask. As a business owner, teacher, and executive director of a small nonprofit, there are so many things to think about that executing it all myself would be utterly impossible. I either have to ask for help regularly and assertively, and follow up— or make the choice to play a smaller game both personally and professionally. One of these days I will get used to it, but I remain thrilled and delighted almost every day when people help me get things done. When it’s a matter of people doing their job, they delight me with high quality. When it’s a favor, the grace and generosity of my friends and colleagues never fails to shine through. Yet, a few short years ago I had a very different perspective, one that required a mental shift on my part in order to step back into leadership roles. I had become afraid of failing and, for a while, didn’t outsource much of anything. That was one of the problems with what I now affectionately refer to as “my starter business,” a business that I closed after years of struggling to make it work.
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