Have you been feeling overwhelmed lately? I have been, too. When you are overwhelmed, what is you automatic response? Do you suffer in silence, or do you ask for help?
Strong people ask for help; the weak suffer all alone.
I have had to ask for a lot of help at my day job this week, and so have my other co-workers. We are individually responsible for our own work load, but we are aware that we accomplish more when we work as a team.
In our culture, we have such a strong belief in the survival of the fittest. The term “survival of the fittest” was coined by Herbert Spencer (philosopher, biologist, sociologist) who read Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. In America, we usually utilize this phrase to reference individual actions. However, humankind has NEVER been a solo act.
Darwin later adopted the phrase “survival of the fittest” in the 5th edition of On the Origin of Species. Darwin’s theory explains that the biological groups that best adapted to their environments collectively are the species that survive the evolutionary process.
There is anthropological theory now that even suggests that the most cooperative groups of humans were the ones who survived natural selection. So, the sum of our biological advantages is not the only explanation for our survival as a species. How successfully we cooperate to survive is also a measure of our success.
Sharks function as individuals, not humans.
To be successful as an individual requires the help of others. Humans are not meant to exist inside a bubble. We are meant to cooperate to survive.
Today I would like to encourage you to ask for help when you need it. Not only will you benefit by asking for help, but also you give someone the opportunity to feel good about themselves for helping you.
Only the strong survive, but only the strong ask for help, too!
“Individually we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” -Ryunosuke Satoro