No Shame

“Don’t be ashamed of needing help. You have a duty to fulfill just like a soldier on the wall of battle. So what if you are injured and can’t climb up without another soldier’s help?”

~Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

No one ever said you need to be the master of all trades. As humans, we are naturally inclined to lean on the support of others, regardless of how independent we feel we can operate. Asking for and needing help are nothing to be ashamed of.

Personal finance is rarely taught in schools, and college-level investment classes are generally focused on stock valuations and day trading. In the real world, these provide little to no foundation for understanding your personal finances.

Some individuals are interested in personal finance enough to learn each topic extensively and manage their household finances to the best of their ability. But what happens when the family is growing, financial complexity rises, and not enough time can be put into understanding complex subjects?

There is no shame in asking for help.

Whether you are just getting started in trying to organize your personal finances, or complexity has risen to the point where you’d rather outsource to an expert, asking for help is the right thing to do.

We need to rely on the expertise, time, and effort of others to get through this journey together. This includes everything from fixing our appliances to drafting our legal documents. No one can do it all.

When the time is right, don’t be ashamed in asking for help.