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Last week I talked about asking for and getting help when you really need it. And right now, a lot of people need help.

So it’s also a time of giving – which may feel silly when you yourself are struggling. But there are some solid reasons why this can be so powerful.

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It seems like the sand is constantly shifting. Whatever assumptions we thought were valid are up for grabs. We don’t know what our customers are going to do, nor the government, nor suppliers.

So how do you know what to do? 

This is the time to look inside yourself for answers.

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You wanted to own a business because it put you in control of your destiny. But then it turns out that there’s STILL lots not under your control!

And big stuff can happen in your industry, in the country, and in the world. Stuff you can’t control.

So there are times when you have to reach out for help.

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We’re all experiencing some of the greatest uncertainty of our lifetimes. It’s a time when nobody on the planet seems to have any answers.

What do you do in this environment? How do you keep your business alive?

The first principle is to ask for help. We are fortunate to have so many excellent resources in our state government and SBDCs. These people are doing the best they can to be helpful.

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I needed the support of so many people to get through 2019! After being pronounced free of prostate cancer, I’ve had the chance to reflect on how important that was.

We don’t like to ask for help.

Especially in the business context, we want to present this image of professionalism. Having it all solved and sorted. Being in control.

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