Ep 012: Why I let others take care of me and why you should too

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In my twenties and thirties I made my full time living speaking and performing with a childhood friend. This means I have spoken and performed in all fifty of the US states, as well as large parts of Canada.

Because we were the special guests coming to town to share our talents we were invariably treated with great kindness by our hosts. Everywhere we went people were asking “What do you need?” and “Can I bring you anything?”

As much as I appreciated their kindness, I didn’t want to be a burden. I would only ask for the bare minimum and I usually took care of anything beyond that myself.

I thought I was being humble and considerate. In reality, I was being a bit of a jerk.

Once I realized this I changed my behavior and in doing so I made my life easier AND I made the world a better place.

I know that sounds a little far-fetched, but the truth is when we turn down help, we aren’t just missing the opportunity to make our day easier, we are also making it harder for others.

This is how you too can change the way you respond to offers of help and support, and why this change will benefit everyone.

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