Tuesday, January 29, 2008

There is a price for not asking

Not only do Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, in their book, The Aladdin Factor, help us understand our psyche and why we do not ask. But they also talk about the consequences of not asking.

I couldn't help but remember the people on my personal List of 100, who I spent a great deal of time thinking about - but never actually asking to join me in the business. Time and time again, my feelings were hurt when they took advantage of opportunities elsewhere. After all, I was (a relative, a close friend, a former classmate) - YOU fill in the blank.

The following excerpt is a sobering reminder about the price for not asking from The Aladdin Factor:

A number of years back the University of Chicago received a million dollar grant from Mrs. Fields of the Marshall Fields Department Store fame and fortune. When the administration at Northwestern University read the headline in the newspaper, the people of Northwestern were shocked. How could this be? Mrs. Fields lived in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern was in Evanston, Illinois. She had been a supporter in the past. Why hadn't she donated the money to Northwestern? Why had she given the money to the University of Chicago instead?

When the university officials called Mrs. Fields to discover why she had given the money to the University of Chicago rather than to them, she replied, “The people of the University of Chicago asked. You didn't.”

Think about it and order and read The Aladdin Factor to help you get over your fear of asking!

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