I am human.
First, I start with this. I am not some hero out of Greek or Hollywood mythology. I am a man with flaws (and strengths) and I need a hand sometimes to get through this ridiculous existence.
(If you don’t think existence is ridiculous, just watch this).
Once I admit that I need help with something, instead of thinking something High School taught me like, “how can I hide my weakness or slowly overcome it?” I ask myself, “who do I know that knows this?”
Lately, I’ve been getting a little overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I’m leading/doing. I’ve got 8-10 projects going and most of them are making some money for my bottom line.
That’s a good thing. I’m an entrepreneur, which means I start things for a living. The challenge of this new level of success is that I need to keep track of all of my promises. One of those projects includes a lot of travel… with the travel and the sheer amount of work, I was starting to see things slip through the cracks.
So I reached out to a friend and mentor who is an accomplished CEO. I asked him, “What does it take to run your life like a CEO would?” Right away he asked me questions I’d never thought to answer. It was a little embarrassing to be honest. Then I just relaxed and started trusting him. I learned more in an hour than I could have found using Google, and at the end of the hour I asked him, “would you be interested in doing this regularly?"
Now we meet weekly and he’s helping me double my revenue while reducing my time commitment.
When you ask for help, here are the 3 steps I recommend:
Admit you have an area for improvement (sometimes called a weakness).
Spend 2 minutes writing down every question you have about this area.
Think of 3 people who might know the answers to some of these questions.
Call them or email them and ask for a few minutes to help you with some direction (about the area).
Thank them profusely and ask if there is anything you can do for them!
Bonus! Ask them if they are interested in doing this regularly.
PS. This is called recruiting a mentor… and you can do it over and over and over again for anything. Have any questions or hit a snag? Let me know.