Steve Jobs Thoughts About Asking for Help

by on April 16, 2013

Asking people for help comes easier for some than others.  We can all relate to a time when we just needed a little help either with our personal situation or with our business endeavors.

Having the guts to step up and ask for help is a skill that Steve Jobs speaks to in this dated interview.

Steve explains that most people don’t get what they want because they don’t take the risk of asking.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”  Matthew 7:7-8

3 Things to Remember When Asking for Help

1. Be Bold

I have a friend who works in real estate and she is taking a bold class which basically teaches the students to take risks and step out of their comfort zones to find new business leads.   For example, I called one of my professional organizations and asked to teach a class at one of their conferences.  This one phone call has opened several doors for me that I would not have otherwise gotten.

2. Reciprocate

failureThis is pretty much what goes around comes around.  If you are one of the brave ones to ask others for help, you need to be ready, willing and able to answer the cries for help from others.  For example, if I am willing to ask a colleague to give me a reference or referral, I need to be willing to do the same for them.

3. Don’t be Afraid of Failing

Asking for help doesn’t necessarily mean that your request will be answered but this is not a reason to not ask or to feel like you failed if you are denied the help you are looking for.  For example, I contacted a  different professional organization about teaching a class at their conference.  I was encouraged to apply again next year.  I let it go and moved on to my next endeavor.  I need to remind myself, its nothing personal with me.

 “if you are afraid of failing you won’t get very far”  Steve Jobs

So do you have anyone that you have been afraid of asking for help?  Just do it, the worst thing that can happen is for them to say no!

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