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https://www.forbes.com/sites/margiewarrell/2015/03/24/asking-for-help-is-a-sign-of-strength-not-weakness/

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Asking For Help Reveals Strength, Not Weakness
We can all do so much more together than we ever can alone. Too often though we 'tough it out' rather than reaching out to ask for help when we need it most. Fear gets the better of us while depriving others of a chance to share their gifts.

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The Effects Of Not Asking For Help

When you don’t ask for help when you need it, you assume all the burden that might easily (and gladly) be shared. But you also deprive those who’d love to assist you of the opportuni...

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The Effects Of Asking For Help

Asking for help can aid us when times are tough and can give others the opportunity to make a difference while helping them feel more comfortable to ask for help themselves.

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