Two Heads Are Better Than One
In a culture that awards independence and strength, people are often ashamed to ask for help. We are not meant to live in this world alone, and we simply cannot do everything by ourselves. Think about everything that gets accomplished with teamwork. You think NASA would risk only sending one person to the moon? Even brilliant and driven individuals such as Steve Jobs needed help to build the Apple empire it is today. If literally everything is built upon teamwork, then why are we still so afraid or stubborn or prideful to ask for help, especially when it comes to mental, emotional, or spiritual support?
I have been watching the show ‘Billions’ on Showtime, and the owner of this insanely successful hedge fund in NYC meditates every day and hired his own in-house psychologist/success coach to help him and his employees perform their best. I kept thinking to myself, this is genius! Why are all companies not supporting the overall health and wellbeing of their employees? Sure, some companies offer employee assistance programs, but I guarantee you only 10% of the employees actually utilize this benefit, because of the shame and stigma surrounding the need for help. It is viewed as a weakness, especially for men or people in leadership roles, and some people are terrified that their managers or colleagues might find out they are not the perfect A-players that can handle everything on their own 100% of the time.
There may be times when you need additional support, though, no matter who you are or what position you’re in. You could be going through a rough patch with a relationship, or you may be struggling with grief, in which it would be beneficial to seek the help of a mental health professional. You may find yourself just needing emotional support from others and decide to find a church or spiritual community.
I created Career Catcher because I came across so many people during my recruiting career that were lost and overwhelmed by the job search process. People attempt to navigate the murky waters alone, because most of the time, they are either afraid to ask for help or don’t even know where to go for help. Young professionals especially find it daunting to try and find a job after graduation during this uber-competitive and fast-paced climate. The career coaching community is dedicated to providing the support and guidance others need during a significant and life-changing event, such as finding your very first job or changing your career path altogether.
If you find yourself lost after graduation or unfulfilled in your current career, know that you are not alone and that it’s ok to ask for help! As talented and gifted as we all are as individuals, we can’t do it all alone, and sometimes we may need an extra boost of support in our lives. Two heads are always better than one!
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