This post is about how you can create endless opportunities for yourself and your business simply by asking for something.
But first, you have to be comfortable with being vulnerable. You have to be ok with rejection.
Because if you don’t ask, the answer is already no.
Have you heard of Jia Jiang?
He’s an author, entrepreneur and TED speaker who conducted an experiment whereby he sought out rejection for 100 straight days.
Why would he do this?
He wanted to desensitize himself to the pain and shame of rejection.
From asking strangers to if he could borrow $100, to asking police officers if he could ride in their car, to asking for “burger refills” he gradually learned a very important lesson.
Simply asking for what you want can open up possibilities where you expect to find dead ends.
As you know by now, I believe in the power of LinkedIn as a platform to grow your business and your personal brand.
Have you tried asking strangers to help you achieve your goals?
This is perhaps the cornerstone pillar of our 5 Pillar approach – Your Direct Messaging.
Have a look at the kind of responses a recent client got in the first two weeks of doing this.
Our client is a financial wealth advisor and adopted a strategy to focus specifically on young families in the U.S. that had connections to South Africa, where he’s from. The results were incredible!
But asking for something can cause people anxiety.
It requires vulnerability.
Some people fear they’ll come across as desperate.
But to ask for something is human! It’s perfectly natural.
If you don’t ask, the answer is already no.