I read this in a book recently.
“We are never given more than we can handle. Just sometimes, more than we can handle alone.” ~ Dafna Michaelson-Jenet
After pondering that thought, there have been many times in my life that I thought I was dealt more than I could handle. I have always had an attitude of “I can do it!” That statement was more about an entrepreneurial spirit, encompassed with a tenacity to succeed, than it was about doing it by myself. However, I have often tried to do things on my own, sometimes beating my head against the wall.
In my journey of life, I have realized that in those times that I feel that I can’t handle it anymore, those are the times I am to reach out. Sometimes I reach out to God for help, or I will reach out to my parents, mentor, or friends. In any case, reaching out towards others, admitting that we cannot do it alone, causes us to decrease our pride and increase our humility. This is often a scary place to be!
Scary as it is, I am here to tell you that it is worth it. Look at some of the greatest leaders and entrepreneurs in our society. I believe that many, if not all of them, would tell you that they didn’t reach their goals and success on their own. Anyone who has ever succeeded in life, can usually pinpoint people along the way who helped them in their journey. It could be a favorite teacher, a grueling boss, a mentor, a pastor, a spouse, or their friends. No one succeeds alone.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
~ Helen Keller
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”
“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
What is it that you are trying to do on your own? Would your situation be changed if you took the time to reach out to others in your circle? To gain perspective or an easier way of doing things? I encourage you to reach out. There is strength in numbers….