Don’t Be Afraid to Say, “I Don’t Know”

By Phil Cooke

Way too often in modern business, competition makes us feel that we can’t ask for help. We think it will show weakness, and as a result, we lie. We try to make everyone think we can handle everything, when the truth is, we have lots of questions. Here’s my take: Insecure people are terrified that people around them will think they don’t know what they’re doing. But people who are secure, have the confidence to ask for help. As a result, they find answers and move ahead of everyone else.

Let’s do something this week. Make a concerted effort to admit that you don’t know. Ask for help. For some of you, it will be tough – maybe horrifying. But the truth is, the people around you aren’t out to destroy you. Once they realize you’re honest and vulnerable, they’re more than willing to help you find the answers.

Don’t cut yourself off from the help of the people around you. Start admitting that you don’t know all the answers, and see what happens.

I have a feeling you’ll be amazed at what happens.

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