1.2.3. Asking For Help is Hard

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Knowing when to ask for help is one of the biggest skills I look for in a leader.

Asking for help is hard. It takes a certain amount of vulnerability to ask for help when you really need it, and to be vulnerable takes courage. It can be scary when you think you may be perceived as weak or dumb.

I find so much strength in someone who can ask for help in any situation in the restaurant and delegate that help seamlessly. I find it silly that asking for help is looked at as weak by some. Especially in the restaurant industry. I see people try to be the hero all the time. There is nothing heroic about letting your pride steer the ship. Stuffing your emotions away or hurting yourself and the team’s success because your ego won’t let you see the bigger picture. Pride and ego can really get in the way, and those are the last 2 things you want running your restaurant (or your life).

Even if you can pull yourself out of the weeds alone, there are always costs. Did people have to wait longer? Was your hospitality at 100 percent? Did the quality of the meal suffer because you let 2 people in the back continue cutting vegetables instead of asking them for a hand?

Asking for help is hard, but the alternative is so much harder.


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“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

Steve Jobs

I read a book recently about starting your day off thinking about your funeral. Yes, maybe a bit of a dark way to start your morning but thinking about my death and how I think I’d be remembered, how I want to be remembered and how I want to leave the world really puts things in perspective right at the beginning of the day.

Death is the final frontier but before I get there let me quote another genius, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” – Kelly Clarkson (the only American Idol)


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