One of the easiest traps we entrepreneurs fall into is the one where we believe we have all the answers. I don’t need to ask for help, as I’m the self-assured, self-reliant pro who can certainly figure out a better way.
Famous last words.
I’ve certainly taken my lumps believing that I could figure something out on my own. The interesting part is that if we just followed the same advice we received from our first-grade teachers we’d be much better off. Ask for help. Most challenges in business have been faced before. Someone out there has untied that extremely difficult knot that you are currently wrestling with. Find them and ask them.
I’ve found fantastic mentors in networking groups, professional associations, on an airplane or sitting outside the local pub under an umbrella. Your friends and colleagues know people who have been on the same journey. One of my closest friends and business partners I met because I invited myself to a BBQ he was attending.
The most remarkable thing is that most people are more than willing to help. The most seasoned professionals love to see others succeed. They all know how hard it is to create and build a company. If you are genuinely interested in learning from them, they will provide wisdom.
So check your ego at the door. Get out there. Meet smart people. Let them lead you. They have done it before.