This is an extension of the 7th tip about letting everything out.
You cannot do it all alone
Life is difficult, however hard you work you will encounter problems, even the best made plans will not be able to meet the harshness of life, perfect time management skills won’t let you do EVERYTHING you want to get done.
When I was 20 I hadn’t understood this, I tried to do everything, I read about time management and the promise of efficiency and I became more efficient but never efficient enough.
What I realized was that I needed to chose what I could do and what I couldn’t, this was very difficult for me, I had so many goals, such dreams and reality told me it would take longer than I hoped.
Get some help
I needed to let it out and to my luck one of my more senior colleagues took me under his wing and gave me advise, let me talk about my troubles and helped me with contacts.
Talking to him made a big difference he helped me get back on track, he let me talk about all the problems I had and best of all I wasn’t judged, I could tell him exactly what I felt.
Ask for advice
He gave me a lot of advice, but I learned that I could also ask others for advice.
I have made it a habit to talk to the most successful people in my industry and ask them;
Why are you so successful?
The answers you get are incredible!
You learn so much and you find opportunities that you before neither saw or understood.
Whenever you have a lot on your mind talking to someone really helps, my mentor is always there for me and answers when I need help, it is great. I can call him and tell him about my troubles, usually I have the answers myself but just talking about it helps me find them.
Help the other in turn
Don’t expect the other to work for free. Even if you do not pay your mentor make sure to be there for them as well. They might need a contact you have or vent themselves, make sure they know that they can always come to you as well.
Don’t lock yourself in, ask people who do what you want to do what they do differently from you, find someone you can trust to talk to and vent your problems.
Don’t go at it alone, try to find others that can help you and lend a hand.
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