Ask for Help

Saying “I don’t know” takes guts but it’s an immensely positive reaction and a clear sign that you don’t take yourself too seriously. Knowing when you don’t now the answer and being honest about it is one of the greatest skills you can have. If you aim to be perfect, you’ll only end up disappointed. When you admit your blind spots, people will flock to support you.

Too many people act is if they know what to do in situations where they’re desperately out of their depth. Too many people try to project confidence in what they’re doing or saying, when they really need is help. There’s immense pressure, both at home and at work, to act as if you have all the answers.

The secret is to know when to say: “Wait a minute – I have absolutely no idea.”

When events challenge you it’s tempting to fight back and hold firm to what you once said or believed, leaving you blind to other people’s opinions and suggestions. Successful people are happy to admit that they were wrong or that they just don’t know.

Life is unpredictable and uncertain. You can never be right all the time. Sometimes the best thing to do is to chill, step back, admit you could do with some help and stop taking yourself so seriously.

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