“Knowing When to Call for Help” - #Blog365 Day 325

I like to think of myself as a fairly handy person. Of course, I’m handy to a point. While I can put furniture together, change fixtures, do some minor electrical work, and troubleshoot things, I’ve never tried to do much plumbing, I’m not a great painter, and for some reason, I get stymied by changing locks on doors.

Yep, that’s right.

For the life of me, I can’t seem to switch out a deadbolt lock with anything representing ease. No matter what I seem to do, deadbolt locks, even “quick install” varieties, frustrate me to no end.

What’s amazing is that I’ve done much more difficult work around the house, but I can’t seem to figure out how to transfer one lock for another.

While this is mind-boggling to me, and somewhat humorous, I’ll give you that, it is also a great example of why we need to know when to call for help. When I saw that we needed to switch up one of the deadbolts in our home, I started to work on it, and then after about ten minutes, and my initial “I can fix this” mentality, I reached for the phone, called a colleague who has a better skillset around the house, and set up a time for him to make the fix.

While we want to do it all, we have to recognize that we just always aren’t there yet. Sometimes, we’re better off moving on then continuing to spin our wheels. In fact, there are always those who are better and smarter than us. A sign of true leadership is recognizing this, and helping others cultivate their skills to the mutual success of others. The best leaders never assume they can do it all. Instead, they find those who excel at everything, and build relationships so that the best end result can occur for all.