Recently, I heard a podcast from Michael Hyatt talking about why it’s lonely at the top. While we’ve all heard this, and know it to be true, I don’t think it needs to be.  Here’s why:

man standing at the top of the mountain

Easier Said Than Done

Simple principles are easier said or written down than executed.  One of the simplest principles in business is raising a hand to ask for help. It can be extremely difficult to say, “I don’t know what to do.” 

Recently, I was chatting with a business owner.  I was really curious to ask him a question that would get him outside his business.  I asked, “If you were going to advise someone else that started a business similar to yours, how would you recommend they get customers?” They’ve been in business for about three years, but their answer shocked me.  They said, “I don’t know.”

woman with thumbs up

Are You “Fine?”

This owner’s biggest challenge has been getting new leads into the top of his funnel. I really appreciated his honesty, and it was a great example of asking for help.  If he hadn’t, that’s where it gets lonely.  You can get stuck in your own thoughts if you don’t ever express your challenges or ask for help.

For example, if you’re having a bad day at the office, is your first thought to pick up a phone and call a friend? For me it absolutely was not. I tend to convince myself that everything is “fine,” and push down the challenges. However, I can personally attest that the value of community has been immense in my personal and professional life.