The pandemic has to be recorded in history as two momentous years for intense introspection. I know I have expanded my thought processing and I hope you have taken it as a growth opportunity for increasing your inward improvement.

Understood, a nonprofit “dedicated to helping those who learn and think differently thrive at home, in school and in life” published a single page that hangs on my wall “15 growth mindset questions” that I will spin into ways to rethink your LinkedIn presence.

9. Did you ask for help if you needed it?

There is a fallacy that asking for help is a sign of weakness, especially when you rise to a certain level in your career. Not so.

You instinctively surround yourself with colleagues and connections to rely on for their freely given incentive and energy, to use as a sounding board for new concepts you want them to filter before you profess them publicly.

You select preferred vendors who provide good and/or services vital to your success and they have to perform for you to.

You pick the brains of other respected brains to find a globally consultative perspective. You refer them and they refer you and somehow the world is made more productive.

You ask others in your field to collaborate. No invention or breakthrough is a single-person effort. It takes a laboratory of researchers in many disciplines.

Finally, there are the “coopetors,” a hybrid word I coined for those with whom I coopt their input, even though they are my competitors. In fact a few years ago, I was referred what became my best client that way!

The moral? You need to lean on others to become a socially respected player in any playing field. And remember to practice the golden rules of life, and LinkedIn in particular:

  • It’s better to give than receive (aka pay if forward), and
  • What goes around comes around.

Help is there for the asking, in many forms from a multitude of people. Help’s there for giving, relying on the clues, and sometimes the most sincere of which is without necessarily being asked.