Our province is under a state of emergency. The city of Fort McMurray, eight hours north of where I live, is burning! And it’s BAD!!
Multiple raging fires have forced the evacuation of more than 88,000 residents who have fled with, at the most, a few personal items. The city they once called home, completely devastated. People have lost their houses, their pets, and their livlihoods but mercifully, no lives have been lost.
Sadly, tragedies like this play out across our globe on a daily basis. But it seems that the common denominator in these news stories is how complete strangers come together in times of need to help one another.
In my neighbourhood, we’re asking for help and collecting donations of clothing, toiletries, and non-perishables to be sent by trucks to the evacuation centres. And similar acts of kindness are being replicated across the province and even up and down the evacuation route as Good Samaritans stop to re-fuel vehicles and hand out food and water.
In a crisis, most people don’t have any issue with asking for help or support but why then is it such a monumental thing to do when we’re faced with lesser problems?
Why aren’t more and more entrepreneurs leaning on their business brothers and sisters? Are we so afraid of showing vulnerability? Worried about being transparent? Scared of what others will think of us?
I’m telling you, the entrepreneurial life is rough and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart! It’s the craziest roller coaster ride there is!
Everyone who’s gone into business for themselves has thought of quitting at least a handful of times and if you say you haven’t, you’re lying.
That’s why it’s extremely important to surround yourself with one a hell of a support network. Sometimes family and friends don’t “get it” so look to your colleagues, your business buds, your “tribe” who’ve walked the walk and know what you are going through.
And when things are a little bumpy, don’t keep it all in and try to DIY it. For God’s sake, there’s no shame in asking for help so ask away! We are all one. We are all humans linked together by our DNA and sharing the same round ball in the Universe.
So let go of competition. Let go of comparing. Let go of the hugely limiting belief that you have to figure everything out on your own. Because successful people are the ones who know that you CAN’T do it alone, and that you must surround yourself with support at all times.
You’ve heard that there’s strength in numbers and it’s absolutely true. So your challenge this week is asking for help or, if you know someone who’s struggling, reach out to them and offer a helping hand. Pay it forward and watch beautiful things blossom.
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