Does pride get in the way of your problem-solving?

Don’t be afraid to reach out for advice. When you have a task to do that you are assuming responsibility for, it can feel like you are the only one who must do all of it.

But, this is often just an internal pressure.

There are almost always people you can reach out to for help.

When there’s a problem that we’re trying to solve, we often think that we need to figure out more of it before it’s ready to take to someone for advice. We want to figure it out because it’s our responsibility. We know we can do it — it’s just going to take a little bit more time and effort before we get there.

This “little bit” of time and effort will often turn into a lot more stress than we planned. But, as the problem progresses, we feel like we’re making headway. It feels like we’re at least getting somewhere and we don’t want to ask someone else yet because developments are still happening — we feel like we’re so close.

A much quicker solution to this extended, ineffective problem-solving technique is to ask someone else for help. It might require you to put down your pride for a second, but, if that person is intelligent and knowledgeable in the subject, two heads will always be better than one.