Wednesday, July 24, 2013

We Have Not Because We Ask Not

Sometimes the difference between  landing that deal (or not), getting the necessary funding, garnering the support we need, or whatever else is crucial to our progress is simply asking. It is easy to over complicate things in business (heck, life for that matter). I know, I know... one cannot be too careful in certain situations and with certain individuals/organizations, but I'm sure many of us entrepreneurs and professionals would be surprised at the assistance others are willing to give if we simply just ask for it (and many times with no strings attached).

 Whether you go to God and "ask" for what you need or go to your peers and mentors in your sphere of influence and "ask" (I'm a big fan of both), many times that is the very thing that unlocks a new door for you and further propels you on your journey to the top of the mountain.

Asking can be difficult sometimes and for some people, especially in business because it is a very ego driven sphere.  And part of that ego is needed because one must believe that he/she can get the job done. Many folks feel that asking for someone's help is a sign of weakness. However, I believe the opposite is true. It takes an inner confidence/strength first of all to have the courage to face rejection (when/if someone tells us no) and to believe in what you are doing so much that you'll do whatever is ethically necessary to accomplish your goals. And if it does appear as a sign of weakness to some, who cares? Isn't it more important to get to where you are trying to go?

History has an interesting way of remembering winners (regardless of how they got there) and forgetting failures (unless there failure was epic in proportion).  We have to know how and be able to quickly humble ourselves and learn how to ask because even superhero's need a little push every now and again to get over the proverbial hump. Happy asking!

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