My grandfather — may he rest in peace — always said no man is an island. No one person can do it all by themselves and succeed. Everyone, even the self-made billionaires of our generation, have leaned on someone else for support and guidance. This is not about delegating tasks and outsourcing work. This is about genuine help. Genuine support. No, I’m not going to break into Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me” (although if you want to sing a few bars, I wouldn’t mind joining you), but he did hit the nail on the head. There is no problem so unique that someone else hasn’t experienced or gone through what we have or are going through — a friend, a family member, a mentor, a colleague, a LinkedIn group member. It’s not even about being weak or a failure. It’s about knowing when to seek out help before it’s too late.
We all would like to think that we’re strong enough to endure the challenges and obstacles that’ll be hurling themselves our way. If the Mark Cubans and Jeff Bezos can do it, why can’t we? But did they really do it all by themselves?
You don’t need to know everything about marketing, creating a campaign, holding a conference, planning a networking event, branding your company, recruiting top talent or even writing a business plan. Because there is someone you know who you can lean on and help.
“For no one can fill/ those of your needs/ that you won’t let show.” – Bill Withers