When to Get More Help

An extra hand never hurts.

No matter what you’re working on, you can always get more help. The only problem is we don’t always know how to get it.

Now… this happens for a couple of reasons.

We either think we can do everything ourselves or we think people are not willing to help.

The thing is both of those are not true.

People are more than willing to help if you know how to ask. And you need to accept that you’re not able to do everything alone.

There are only 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week. You can’t stretch time and if you try to do everything yourself, you won’t be as productive as you hope to be.

It’s obvious you need more help and it’s time to change how you think about getting more help.

The good news is you don’t always have to ask for it. When you do what you love to do, you will attract the help you need.

Sure, you may say no one knows how to do it the way you would do it. And that can be true to some extent while depending on the task at it.

But the truth is, if you know how to build systems and procedures, you’ll be able to get other people to help you in no time.

It all comes down to how well-organized you are with what you do. If you always see yourself as the only one who can do what you do then it’s you that’s limiting you.

Instead, you can focus on the results without being limited to who does the work. If the outcome is high quality, does it matter who did the job?

Of course, there are many parts to any important task and from time to time you may have to wear different hats. But the fact is you’re not going to be great at all of them.

Your mind could picture all the parts like if they’re puzzle pieces that need to come together and get done by you.

And guess what?

No, they don’t have to. You won’t be able to excel at everything anyway. You may only be good at one, two or three things max.

These are your gifts. Your strengths and the type of things you need to focus on. And for the rest, you need to learn to get help.

What you want to do on your own is what you’d do even if money was no object. Something you’d do that you will never feel bored with.

We all have something that when we do it we get to our flow state and lose track of time. It could be writing, playing music, swimming, or anything else.

The point is to keep yourself busy only with that kind of work and for everything else, build systems so you can get more help.

Because the only way to be successful is to know your gifts and strengths while leveraging other people’s strength where you have a weakness.

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