Most people are afraid to ask for help. They fear that people will see them as fools or incompetents. They are afraid that they will lose their jobs because they are not good enough. They consider that eventually they are going to do it on their own or that no one will notice.
But, most of all, people are afraid to ask for help because of the barriers that other people built around them. Colleagues always seem busy doing their job and people don’t want to disturb, the bosses are in their office with their doors closed, the person responsible with the project is too busy doing budgets and other things to answer your questions.
While this might be the case, avoiding to solve the problem will not make it go away. It will only increase its damaging effects in the long run. And as problems gather they will grow even bigger until there is nothing more to do than face them.
The problem is that then it’s too late. Each problem, if confronted at its initial stages, has a lower chance to produce high damage and, if anticipated, it will produce none at all. That’s why most successful people are some of the first people who ask for help when they anticipate a problem or a difficult situation.
Damage control means that you asked for help too late.