TED Talk: The Art of Asking

I’ve got this hang-up: I don’t like asking people things. Whenever I do ask for something–for a neighbor to help me move a couch, for folks to attend my readings–I often am sabotaged by nagging voices planting seeds of doubt: Why should anyone listen to you? What makes YOU so special?” Maybe this self-doubt comes from my childhood, during which my parents did very little to boost my confidence and subscribed to the old adage that children should be seen and not heard. I refer to this psychological phenomena as a “hang-up” because it often prevents me from engaging with people, which I usually enjoy very much. Perhaps I trust others more than myself. When it comes to asking, I need to get more confident. So, let me practice on you, my readers. I’m asking you to view this video on asking.

Quote of the Day: When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing. Enrique Jardiel Poncela

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