BEE Awesome Brief: When Will I Learn?
sent by Julie Bee | March 7, 2023
When I admit that I don’t know.
I still have much to learn on this business ownership journey, and I’m not embarrassed to admit it. I often think I have the answers, though, because of the experiences I’ve had as an entrepreneur. I shared a story in a recent podcast that highlights what happens when leaders cannot admit they don’t know the answer. My problem isn’t a lack of vulnerability or arrogance; it’s how long it takes me to seek help instead of spinning my wheels. This all builds up to this week’s big idea: the faster we admit we don’t know and seek help, the sooner our problem will be resolved.
The challenge for experienced business owners is discerning, as quickly as possible, when we need help. If you have a challenge and you have tried twice to fix it, but it’s still a problem, it’s time to ask for help. The action for this week is to identify a challenge you continue to face alone and ask for help from a trusted resource (by the way, I am available for coaching sessions).
Elevate Your Business
Seek the answer with vulnerability – tell those you trust you need help. This will elevate your business because you’ll stop spinning your wheels and get further down the solution path more quickly, which can help your business in many ways. Most importantly, it will keep you from spending your most valuable resource – your time.
Awesome Around Us
- Adam Grant’s insights into the connection between the health of a company’s culture and how time off is spent is eye-opening. How do your people return from breaks?
- Check out these funding opportunities for Black women and Black non-binary founders. Shout out to SoGal for making it happen!
- Is it SharkWeek yet? At Ocearch, it’s always shark week – check out this cool tracker. I get excited each year to watch Discovery Channel’s week-long shark-a-Thon (I’ve taken off work in the past to watch it). I’m a nerd for sharks, and I think this tracker is just freakin’ awesome.
Thanks for reading – I’ll catch you next week!