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Strength in Numbers

There's no need to go it alone--you can find solutions by accepting others' advice.

This story appears in the October 2005 issue of Start Up.

Many of us prefer to discover information on our own rather than seek help. Some cultures tell us asking for advice is a sign of weakness-a lack of self- or the necessary skills to achieve our goals. We may think that if we don't single-handedly accomplish a task, others won't consider us true entrepreneurs.

Being open to suggestions stimulates your mind to develop alternative solutions and conquer new challenges. To avoid becoming burnt out from being a one-person show, take down self-imposed barriers, and seek the advice you need to grow your business. Confidently soliciting recommendations from experienced professionals will boost your pioneering spirit and broaden your resource base. Here are five ways to get started:

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