Week 8: Who Knows
It’s good to be back in the office. Even though I was rearing to head back bright and early Monday morning, my boyfriend wisely cautioned me to see how I felt in the morning. I slept in until noon.
One of the few drawbacks of being an entrepreneur is that the business quite literally revolves around you. No progress is made without you. Because you are doing everything.
In between literal hacks and imagined ones, I realized that it’s time to invest in some outside help. Maybe it was the peace I felt after being dragged to urgent care. Or the physician assistant striding in to announce, “It’s not cancer.” Wait what? Who said anything about cancer? I thought it was a bad cold…maybe the flu…
Hey, it’s not cancer!
Not yet at least. But we need somebody who knows to tell us. There is only so much we can figure out on our own. When the going gets tough, it’s much more effective to trust the experience of others than our own impulses.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
This is why mentorship is so valuable. It’s easy to believe that nobody understands. But the truth is the workplace has long existed before I was born and will continue to exist after I die. There is somebody who has been where you are and thought what you’re thinking. To connect with her is to connect with experience, strength, and hope. And save yourself a lot of trouble.
For me, this means asking people for help so I can focus on rounding out the mentor network and user experience for launch. My fear is hearing no. Or worse, empty promises. It’s the risk we take for being vulnerable – and doing more than we ever thought possible.