The “Self-Made” Myth

There’s a big myth around about the people who are at the top of their game, the best of the best.
Here’s the myth: they have all done it on their own.
That’s what people generally think when they think about “self-made” people.
Rarely, if ever, is that the whole truth.
Or even the truth at all.
In fact, if you dig deep into the lives of the peak performers, people who are the best of the best, nearly always you will see a recurring pattern.
That they have a team of people behind them.
That they had help.
Having a team (including coaches) is so useful that, in the arena of competitive sports anyway, you won’t even be considered for anything unless you have a team behind you.
It’s not just useful then, but essential.
The notion is catching up, slowly but surely, and permeating other fields and professions.
And that’s a great thing.
It’s about time we change this archaic notion of strength = not asking for, or getting, help.
If you have fallen into that way of thinking, understand that it is ok.
That’s an area I myself sometimes struggle with, so I know how easy it is to accept that as the truth.
But having people there for you, and with you, makes you anything but weak.
Going it alone is fine, but it is better to have people with you.
People who will help you, and push you, and accelerate your progress.
Having help does not make you weak.
Not having help does.
Learn to ask for help.

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