Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 99

Help is always just a question away.

I believe that sometimes we think it is better to try to solve problems by ourselves than with the help of others.  I also think that too often, we feel that asking for help is a sign of weakness.

Of course, this couldn't be further from the truth.

While there may be a "pride" association with solving problems on our own, the end result is often less than what we could achieve with others involved.  In addition, whether learner, leader, or a combination of both, by this point we should realize that seeking out help isn't a sign of weakness, but rather one of realization.

We can't do everything on our own; it stands to reason that we will need help now and again.

The benefit of seeking out assistance regularly is that this also encourages others to reach out to you.  If we harbor worries about what others will think if we ask for help, then it stands to reason that others are wondering the same thing about themselves.

By seeking out help from others, we position ourselves to become help providers in the future.  This "back and forth" of assistance also builds community, something that we are constantly striving for in the world of education.

A simple question, a powerful answer.  Asking, "Can you help me?" may be all that's necessary to build collaboration and keep the focus on relationships.

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