Afraid to Ask
By Steve Goodier
We used to play spin the bottle when I was a kid," says comedy
writer Gene Perret. "A girl would spin the bottle, and if the
bottle pointed to you when it stopped, the girl could either kiss
you or give you a nickel. By the time I was 14, I owned my own
Rejection is hard to take. Especially when it comes from someone
you know. Or don't know.
Football coach Bum Phillips once said, "There's only two kinds of
coaches -- them that's been fired and them that's about to be
fired." Now there is an occupation that is familiar with
Few things hold people back more than the fear of rejection. They
don't ask for what they need because the answer may be no. They
don't ask their boss for a raise or for more time off. They don't
ask for help from people they do not know well. They are afraid
to be the first to say, "I love you." They don't ask for a better
deal or a lower interest rate. They don't submit that manuscript
to be considered for publishing. In short, they don't let their
wants and needs be known, for fear of being turned away.
But the wonderful truth is this: If you can accept NO for an
answer, you can ask for anything!" When it is okay to be
rejected, you can fearlessly ask for whatever you need.
It is also true that you will not receive if you do not ask.
So don't be afraid to ask! All they can say is NO! And you may be
surprised at the number of people willing to help. They were
waiting to be asked.
What do you need to ask for today?
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