If you’re hesitant to ask for help – you’re an amateur
Let me suggest, that if you are hesitant to ask for help – you are an amateur.
‘A professional does not hesitate to ask for help.
Tiger Woods** is the greatest golfer in the world. Yet he has a teacher: he works with Butch Harmon. And Tiger doesn’t endure this instruction or suffer through it – he revels in it. It’s his keenest professional joy to get out there on the practice tee with Butch, to learn more about the game he loves.’
(** Since the time of the book’s publication in 2002 there have been a lot of highs and lows in Woods’ life. However, during his hey day years, one memory I distinctly have, is reading a media piece about Woods being on practice tee, the day after he had won The Masters tournament.)
Own the Conversation
With the above passage in mind:
- Reflect on the last two months. Can you identify a time when you were hesitant to ask for help?
- When was the last time you asked and got help? If you can remember, what was the result of getting the help?
- Before an upcoming interaction, meeting or presentation, schedule in your calendar, a time to contact a trusted person for help.
My view is that reading Ford’s prose will make you a more efficient speaker. Such is the economy and terseness of his writing. With the economy of words in mind, here is quote from General Colin Powell that I shared in a recent post.
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers who can cut through argument, debate and doubt and offer a solution everybody can understand.