Unless you are a very, very lucky individual, for whom all things go right, all of the time, the chances are, if you are an entrepreneur or the CEO of a startup, then there’s going to come a time when you encounter difficulties.
With the minor ones, it is likely that you’ll learn soon enough how to take them in your stride, even if they knock the stuffing out of you the first time they happen, the resourceful amongst us, will figure out what needs doing to rectify the situation and get on with it.
Sometimes however, circumstances will call for a different course of action. Like when the proverbial turd really does hit the fan, the difference between sinking and swimming can be knowing when to ask for help. Though it might be tempting to try and do it all by yourself, sometimes that really isn’t the best option and trying to go it alone, can often be detrimental to your dream of running your own company.
I am being intentionally vague, however this is because something I’ve realised as the CEO of BODO UK, is that major problems can come in all shapes and sizes, some more obvious, like the need to find funding to get your ideas off the ground and others slightly more unexpected.
Sometimes it can be as simple as asking a trusted friend to help you when you’ve become bogged down with paperwork. Sure, it’s tempting to try and get through it all yourself, rather than be a burden to someone you care about, but what if you don’t meet that deadline? You’ve got to consider the consequences of what will happen if you do not succeed and really, reaching out for a little bit of help is often a much better scenario.
It’s also important to know when to seek expert advice. Sometimes you might be able to get that for free, if you are lucky enough to be able to make contact with someone who will happily impart their wisdoms out of the goodness of their hearts, but sometimes that won’t be the case and you will have to pay. In scenarios like this, it is worth weighing up your options and looking at what will happen if you proceed without an extensive knowledge of all the facts.
It’s also worth remembering that the internet is your friend. These days, you can pretty much find out anything you need to know with a couple of clicks of your mouse. Even if you are just looking for a place to vent or to read stories about people who have similar experiences, the internet can be the most viable outlet – so don’t forget to pay your Broadband bill!