Are You Sabotaging Your Own Growth?

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The help you’re in need of may be right in front of you, but you’re too prideful to take advantage of it. Shifting your mindset and approaching growth as a constant LEARNING experience is the most surefire way to get to the next level.

Check out Crisp Founder & CEO Michael Mogill’s most recent thoughts on humility and the importance of asking for help.

What are some of the things that could prevent growth and progress? One is ego, and the other is blind spots. When an entrepreneur takes risks, oftentimes it’s working against you because it’s leading you to have those blind spots, and ego operates out of self-interest. What’s more important: being right or making progress?

The other thing is blind spots. You could be doing something completely counterintuitive to the growth of your organization and not even know it. Imagine not knowing that you’re making every single decision wrong — this comes back to ego.

Business leaders that are making the most progress and growing quickly are the ones that are asking for the most help. They are the ones that are the students and taking notes. They put the ego to the side and focus on what to do to be a better leader.

Let me tell you a story that you may have already heard. A man is drowning during Katrina. He says, “God, help me. Help me, God.” He’s yelling out, and a boat comes along and says, “Sir, jump right in. We’ll help you.” He said, “No, You guys go. I’m waiting for God. I’m waiting for God to help me. God, please help me.”

So a helicopter flies in and they say, “Sir, come on up. We’ll rescue you.” He says, “No. I’m waiting for God.” The helicopter goes away. You might guess, the man drowns. He wakes up, goes to God and says, “God, I called out for you. Why didn’t you help me?” God turns to him, and says, “I sent you a boat and a helicopter. You didn’t accept either one of them.” The moral of the story is help and support is all around you, but you’ve got to be willing to accept it. You’ve got to be willing to take the help. I believe the information is all around us.

You can find a supportive community of growth-minded law firm owners that you can connect with and speak with that are collaborating and sharing information. It doesn’t matter how many great ideas you get if you’re not willing to put it in practice. This is not the time to let the ego get in front and say, “I’m good. I got it all figured out. We have no problem. We’re doing fine.”

You’re going to miss out on so much opportunity simply by not taking the help.

It’s a lesson that took me many years to learn. I ask for help all the time. If I don’t know how to do something and someone is an expert in a particular area, I pick their brain. The good news is I don’t have to know all the answers. Part of being resourceful is being able to reach out to the right people who know how to do something. It is more important to take the help and actually put it into practice. If you’re not growing, take a look at the ego, look at the blind spots, and if you’re getting good advice, take it.


If you agree or disagree with anything Michael said here, he wants to know about it. Text him at 404-531-7691 to share your thoughts.


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