People often confuse asking for help as a sign of weakness, when it’s actually a sign of strength.  Far too many people would rather do a subpar job at something on their own in some vestige of ability than do a compelling job in coordination with someone else.

Many are scared to ask for help because it makes them look inferior or unqualified for their positions.  It’s understandable that people would feel this way, but that doesn’t mean it’s the correct outlook.  As with most things, new jobs and tasks take time to fully comprehend and do well.  Teaming with someone who knows the job and can help you accelerate your path down the knowledge curve is just plain smart.

I’ll often say that there is a fine line between creativity and insanity, hard work and obsession, etc.  There is a very broad line between asking for help and it being a reflection of eagerness to do things right and incompetence.  You may have met a few people who really aren’t equipped to do their jobs well.  Most will stay quiet in order to avoid any confrontation about their performance, but occasionally, you’ll run into people who will ask for help on every little thing they do, and this can be an issue.  Thankfully, I’ve met very few people like this and it’s usually not a reflection of character, but a poor choice in vocation.  Choosing a livelihood that you can’t excel in every day is simply not viable and at some point those people may want to consider a career switch.

There is also another great part of asking for help, it instills confidence and recognition in the people you ask it from!  This should very much be your practice in a new role, but also when a new person arrives in your business or team.  Just because someone hasn’t worked as long somewhere as yourself doesn’t mean that their skills are negligable or that you can’t learn from them.  It’s a very positive cycle if done correctly.

Finally, you may want to look at help as career development for both yourself and your boss.  Even if you don’t necessarily need help, you might ask for reviews on work in order to get feedback.  I also very much believe in helping your boss grow, which means providing them time to be the boss and think critically about your work and how to improve it.  When your superiors do well, you’ll do well.  When it’s a continuous cycle, the business will do well, and at the end of the day that’s the name of the game to begin with.