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  • Are You Comfortable Asking For Favors?

    I like to think of myself as a giving person. I consistently promote other people and their work and enjoy doing so, but at some point, you will need help. Actually, I know you’ll REQUIRE help because we all need support in order to progress in our careers. This support could come in the form of a mentor, who has “been there, done that,” and can help you learn from their mistakes and successes. You may need support from your teachers, parents, friends, coworkers, the media, bloggers or whomever else one day. Asking for favors is a necessary evil and part of life.


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    You won’t be comfortable asking for favors if you’ve never helped anyone else in the past. See, if you take care of your community, asking for help is a breeze. If you’ve give enough value to people in the past, the second you start asking for a favor, they will finish your sentence! Ignoring peoples requests will work directly against you in the future, when you need their support.


    Dan Schawbel is the Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm. He is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success (St. Martin’s Press) and the #1 international bestselling book, Me 2.0: 4 Steps to Building Your Future (Kaplan Publishing), which combined have been translated into 15 languages.

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    One comment on “Are You Comfortable Asking For Favors?
    1. avatar
      Terry says:

      This was a hard lesson for me to learn. My tendency has always been to go solo, willing to help but never asking for or allowing help.

      What I realized is that it is a sign of insecurity when a person will not seek council or assistance. Fear that they would criticize or see me as weak prevented my growth for a long time.

      thanks for making it a point,

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