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Ask and you shall receive. But you do ask, right?

Ask and you shall receive. But you do ask, right?

Why is asking so hard for so many of us? Let’ get over it.

Let’s go over a few reasons we might not ask:

  1. I’ve got this. Lone Wolf!
  2. They’re probably really busy.
  3. It’s going to take too long.
  4. It’ll be better if I just get it done myself.
  5. I don’t really even know what to ask.
  6. I need to work on what I’m asking, make it more specific.
  7. It doesn’t really work. I mean, does it?
  8. I did ask, but they didn’t listen.
  9. I think I asked, I can’t remember.
  10. OK, fine, I didn’t ask. At all.
  11. I don’t know who to ask.
  12. I don’t really comprehend how much better it will be when I get the advice or we work on it together than it will be if I go it alone.

The only legit excuse might be #6. Maybe sometimes #8, but not often.

I often write about topics where I need help myself. How else do you think I came up with all of those “excuses” not to ask so quickly?

The killer for me is #1 (probably why it came up first). It’s related to #4. But #12 is pretty important and it’s the main reason I’m working on a book called, well, duh, “Ask.”

The thing is I want to, ahem, ask others about their struggles with asking. See what happened there? I’m going to use my own fear/hesitation/lack of asking to create a book about how we can get better at asking.

Sound like fun? Wanna help?

Ask and you shall receive. But you do ask, right?
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