Asking for Help

Asking for help is hard sometimes, particularly in a culture as individualistic as the one I live in. It can be tempting to only tell yourself a story about the importance of self-reliance – of finding strength in the face of adversity.

There is certainly value in being able to rise to meet a challenge on your own. But knowing when and who to ask for help is just as important. The goal is balance: Rely on others too much and you risk becoming overly dependent. But constantly refuse assistance and you'll find yourself in a fragile position.

Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness. It's a sign that you have the strength to lean into the vulnerability of that moment and say, "I need you."

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