I recently went on a retreat with a few of my speaker buddies: fellow Hall of Fame motivational keynote speakers. Our goal was to help each other improve our work products (keynote programs) and our businesses.  It was both exhilarating and exhausting work.  My motivation for going to the retreat was to find a way to improve myself and my business;  to be a better me. 

We laughed and argued.  We listened and we shared best practices.  We helped each other see our business through different lenses.  It was fun. And tiring. All of us are outstanding in different ways.  All of us have different weaknesses.  We learned a lot and grew closer as friends.

But what struck me most is how BRAVE you have to be to ask for help.  The hardest part for all of us was to say the equivalent of, “I’m really not doing well in this category, and I don’t understand it well enough to change.  Can you help me with this blind spot?”   Admitting and showing our weakness to our peers is terrifying.  It’s vulnerable and scary.  And it’s the only way to REALLY improve.