Okay, so there is a joke; a joke about men asking for directions. But the joke arises from a reality, at least in American life and culture.
American men often have the idea that asking for help in any way is a sign of weakness. This goes for any kind of help, from the most serious psychological help, to medical help, to reading instructions, to asking directions. Silly mostly.
If you are having a breakdown, or a relationship problem, get professional help; you never know but you might save a marriage, help your children, save your life. If you feel bad, go to the doctor; you never know but you might feel better, improve your health, save your life. If you are in hour three of trying to put together a tricycle, play kitchen, desk, lawnmower, read the instructions; you just might feel better, get to do something else and, in the case of heavy machinery, save your life.
If you are lost, or don’t know where you are, ask for directions. Not only will your partner not think less of you, they are likely to be grateful. Also, you will get where you are going much more quickly. It is likely that you will avoid a great deal of frustration that you would have to hold in pretending that you actually know where you are and where you are going (and yes despite this drama your passengers doknow that you don’t know).
While being a problem solver, a solution seeker, is an admirable and sought after trait in the business world, there is a fine line. When you simply don’t know how to solve something, fix something, build something and you can’t imagine or create a solution, ask for help. always remember that asking for help is not unmanly, it is efficient. There are so many better things to do than wasting your time trying to figure everything in life out on your own.