There is a very fine line between believing in your limitless potential and deluding yourself into thinking that you are superhuman. The latter has been a deceptive source of suffering for most of us in this modern world.
I am a firm believer of the idea that we can always count on ourselves and that the best help is the one we can find within ourselves. There is nothing more empowering than knowing that failures don’t define us and the act of pushing ourselves every single time just a little farther than we think we can reach ultimately takes us to excellence.
As much as I am convinced of our ability to pursue anything under the sky and beyond, the pursuit of wanting to be an extraordinary achiever can sometimes tend to sabotage our path towards real, meaningful and fulfilling accomplishments.
People often think that those who are successful have a reputation of doing things all by themselves and appearing invincible. As time passes by, some of these people might lose sight of why they do what they do. Even though staying hungry in life can have strong motivations, for some of us, all of our intentions could eventually boil down merely to boosting our Ego and our projected self image.
Being perceived as weak means that you are not living life the “right” way. Hence, all of us love to aspire to be “strong”. In the process of wanting to be “strong” and socially acceptable, we tend to hold unrealistic expectations for ourselves, suffer from incessant self criticism and somewhere along the way, end up feeling worthless and depressed.
However, my understanding of leading life as a “strong” person has nothing to do with projecting an image of being a marvel of nature. It is all about being open and humble enough to accept help and doing whatever it takes to survive and lead a fulfilling life.
The beauty of accepting help lies in the endless amount of opportunities for innovation and expansion, which may not be accessible to you if you wish to do everything by yourself. Not to mention the amount of time and energy you might end up saving along the way. The only thing you might end up losing is your grip over your Ego, which is not costly at all.
Some of the smartest people who mean business know the importance of delegating tasks to experts of the respective niches to collectively create products or services that benefit the world. Inspiring leaders and pioneers of various industries often build their mission with cooperation, collaboration and efficiency as building blocks.
You don’t have to be a leader or an entrepreneur to know the value of seeking help. Even those who think they are aimlessly cruising through life can find and pursue their purpose by overcoming any resistance towards relying on others for help. Help of all sorts is available in this world for those who are passionate in life. Passion can be about anything. You can be passionate about living happily and if you need help with that, doesn’t matter what that means for you, you must reach for it.
It is not about how many tasks you can perform on your own, if you can be completely self sufficient or if you can stick to a rigid timeline. It is really about doing whatever it takes to efficiently create the life you want to live, even if it requires you to overcome your limitations by seeking help emotionally, financially, physically or intellectually.
So, tell me, does seeking help makes you appear weak? Maybe! But here is the thing, who has the time to care?
“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.”-Unknown