When To Ask For Help

By Robert Robillard on Contractor Advice

I’m usually the kind of person who doesn’t need a whole bunch of help with things, or at least that’s how I see myself.  
I’m a self-starter and a self-motivator who can learn and do anything. Or so I like to think…

The truth is that there are many times when I need help and because I’m the way I am I often don’t know when, or how, to ask.   I bet there are all kinds of people out there who feel the same way.  We’ve all been in over our heads at one time or another and it’s no big deal to call out for a little help now and again.

In fact, by asking for help when it’s needed, we can make our lives easier and help out those around us.

Going to others for help is something we’re supposed to learn early on. Maybe we do, but all to often as we get older and more self-reliant (which is obviously a good thing) we tend to forget that everyone could use a little help now and again.

One of the hardest parts is knowing when you need help.  If you’re like me you’ll tend to think you can do it all.  This often leads to frustration or worse.  I don’t know how many times I’ve broken something or pushed a situation beyond easy repair by trying to go it alone.

When you start to get stuck, think about your problem and if you can use help – ask.

Don’t worry about being judged.  It’s pretty common to feel silly or embarrassed when you can’t figure something out, just remember bad things do happen to good people and there are times when the smart thing to do is to get help.

Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Going to others for help is something we’re supposed to learn early on. Maybe we do, but all to often as we get older and more self-reliant (which is obviously a good thing) we tend to forget that everyone could use a little help now and again.

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob If you have a building or remodeling question you can have rob respond to your answer via video. Click here for more information. https://jointruly.com/robillard Invite code: x22r2

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