Don’t be afraid to Ask
It’s a simple adage that some people never really get the hang of: sometimes all you need to do is ask, and you will get help from the strangest places.
I have tried to get this point across to my kids, but there seems to be a great deal of trepidation from the young folks about looking stupid or worse still being denied something they want, if they ask for it (so a lot of times they just don’t ask).
A great example of this arose this past summer, when my daughter had missed the deadline to get a bursary from the sports club she had played with for 7 years (for staying with the club and going off to University). We were sure this bursary money had been given to somebody else, but when we inquired we found out that nobody had been given the funds, due to nobody applying.
I decided it was time to ask the question, “So is it too late to apply now?”, and I did. The initial answer was, “Yes you are too late”, however I spoke to one of the executive, and they did rethink their initial answer and eventually they reopened the applications, and in the end my daughter got the bursary.
This just shows that if you don’t ask, the answer is always no. Yes, if you do ask the answer might be no, but not asking assures you of a negative answer.
These same kind of questions happen in every day Personal finances as well. If you are late with a credit card payment, you can call and ask if they could forgive you the late penalty, and if you are a good customer the answer might well be Yes. Many other instances like this can arise, so do not be afraid to ask for help, or ask the hard questions, because if you don’t ask, you’ll never know what might have happened.
Similar Sports Phrases
- You miss every shot you don’t take.
- You can’t get a home run unless you swing the bat.