It is a shame that we have become a society where self sufficiency and self reliance are applauded and asking for help has become viewed as a weakness. Tackling the life’s challenges alone can be exhausting as well as self defeating. With job loss often comes embarrassment and shame, making it even more difficult to reach out. Reaching out to others not only can be comforting when it comes to riding the emotional waves of job loss, but essential in making to connections that could lead to job opportunities.
Asking someone for help is the biggest compliment you can give them. Letting others support and bolster you during this time is not a sign of weaknes but a sign trust. Exposing our vulnerabilities can actually bring people closer together. Let’s face it, we need each other, especially in times of transition.
Let people know what you need, ask for what will be helpful, and be sure when it is all said and done you thank them and of course pay it forward, because you never know when someone will ask you for help.