Yesterday, I had a blog consultation with Annabel Candy from Get In The Hot Spot. If you’re not familiar with Annabel’s blog, she writes about how you can integrate blogging, social media, and personal development to increase your business success.
Not only was Annabel’s advice awesome (seriously y’all, she rocked my world!) but I learned a valuable lesson about business that I want to pass on to you.
Know When To Fold ‘Em
Hate to toot my own horn here (actually, I don’t… but you know what I’m sayin’), but I consider myself an expert on motivation.
I’m NOT an expert on blogging, leveraging my blog content, increasing traffic, or social media.
As smart as I am, I fell into the dumb trap of thinking I could figure it all out on my own. And as women, and solo entrepreneurs, some of us often do that. We’re so used to working on projects and tackling problems alone that we attempt to answer questions and find solutions that are outside our areas of expertise.
Time really is more valuable than money to me. If I had the time to answer every question and implement every idea that I had, I’m sure I’d make buckets of money. But I don’t have that kind of time to invest. So I admitted that I was wasting time trying to find answers to my questions and asked Annabel to bring her expertise to the improvements I want to make.
Don’t Make It An Issue Of Your Pride
I physically can’t know or do everything. So me reaching out to someone to make something better is not me being incompetent.
It may sound foolish but I had to wrap my brain around that one.
And then I thought about it like this: I ask a personal trainer how to lift weights, I read cookbooks to learn new recipes and techniques and I have a stylist cut my hair. That doesn’t mean I suck at working out, cooking our doing my hair. That just means I rely on someone who’s more knowledgeable about those things than I am.
My pride was not stung by this. I didn’t have to swallow it at all. This isn’t about my pride because its about me getting better. I want to improve more than I want to be right about something.
I’ve let pride hold me back from reaching out to others before. And each time I did that, I was the one that suffered, not the other person. I wish I can go back and redo those moments, I’d be so much farther along right now. But dwelling on those kinds of thoughts don’t help me – its time to move forward.
What This Means For You
If you’re working on something, and you can maximize your time and efforts, don’t hesitate to reach out to others to help you. I’m including myself in that. If there’s a way I can use my expertise at coaching, goal setting and motivation to help you get farther along your journey, I’d be happy to do so.
I get so much satisfaction and fulfillment from seeing other ambitious women succeed. I’m rooting for your success just as hard as I’m rooting for mine. I truly believe that there are more than enough blessings for all of us, and we can all succeed without detriment to each other.
In what ways can you reach out to others, to maximize your success? Have you done so recently? I’d love to hear about it.