I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 13 nieces and nephews (it's about to be 14 because yet another one is due in October!). 5 great-nephews & 5 great-nieces. And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 9 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens, Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
Asking for help at the office is hard. You don’t want to look like you’re passing the buck, being lazy, or admitting defeat. But if you learn to ask the right way, you’ll not only get what you need, but you’ll also learn to look like even more of a team player!
Try, Then Pry
Make sure you actually need the help first. It’s a firefighting analogy: If you’re trying to get into a burning house, try the door knob before you try prying the door open. Try all possible solutions, even the most obvious ones. It won’t always work, but you’ll want to be damn sure you know it doesn’t before your boss tries it herself.
Don’t Be a Martyr
While there’s definitely something to be said about trying to resolve an issue yourself first, torturing yourself for hours—or days—before finally admitting you need help is almost never productive. The trick is knowing when it’s time to suck it up, swallow your pride, and admit you’re stuck. How about trying the “Three Strikes” rule? If you can’t figure something out after exhausting at least three other solutions on your own, it’s time to admit you need some inspiration.
Find how else to ask for help here.