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Finding the Courage to Ask for Help

YeYoon Kim Considers How Kids' Instincts Can Inform Adults

— November 6, 2020 — Keynote Trends
In an enlightening TED talk, former kindergarten teacher YeYoon Kim considers how adults can learn from kids when it comes to asking for help.

As Kim explains, she quickly learned that the children she taught knew that they were able to ask the trusted adults around them for help when they decided it was needed, such as when they took a fall and sought out comfort. When she started out, Kim wanted to be a trustworthy figure in her students' lives, so she took the time to understand them, and realized that when she they asked for help, her students were really helping her too.

Later in her career, Kim began working with adult volunteers, and had to learn new skills to earn the trust of her coordinates. Although she always enjoyed being that figure, she eventually found that she was the one who needed help—but didn't know how to ask for it. Frustrated and afraid, Kim realized she needed to seek therapy for her problems, but was weary of asking the support network that surrounded her for assistance. When a good friend eventually approached her and offered her help, Kim realized that her subconscious need to be self sufficient had prevented her from simply asking—a tool that almost everyone learns to develop when they're young.

With her talk, Kim highlights the importance of not only realizing when help is needed, but taking the initiative to seek it out in order to prevent problems from spiraling out of control.