Asking for help is probably one of the most difficult things to do — especially at work.
I used to shy away from doing so in fear of looking weak or incompetent in front of my colleagues. I was sure that my superstar work status would be shattered if I dared to let down my guard and admit I didn't know it all.
But, I was wrong.
Once, after pouring myself into a project that I'd initially fought for, I missed a vital part of the assignment because I'd been too afraid to ask for further clarification. While unsure of my next steps, I forged ahead anyway. My refusal to admit I was lost ended up delaying the project's launch and affected my entire team.
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With my tail between my legs, I had to admit that my biggest mistake was not swallowing my pride and owning up in the very beginning.
Here are four things (I learned the hard way) that happen when you don't ask for help at work: