This post originally appeared on Feb. 14, 2012.
One of my long-held life maxims is this: “It never hurts to ask.”
Too often, we hesitate to ask for something because of the fear of rejection. We think, “What if they say no?”
But what if we re-frame that possibility? Then the thinking becomes, “The worst thing they could say is no.” And if that is really the worst that could happen, that’s not so bad after all. So you got a “No.” So what? I’d say that the potential of a “Yes” is worth such a low risk.
It never hurts to ask.
What have you been afraid to ask for?