What did you ASK for?

…Steve Jobs identified what Separates Achievers From Those Who don’t …

Excerpt from Full article at INC Magazine


Steve Jobs believed in the power of asking.

I’ve never found anybody that didn’t want to help me […] if I asked them for help …

I called up Bill Hewlett when I was 12 years old. “Hi, I’m Steve Jobs. I’m 12 years old. I’m a student in high school. I want to build a frequency counter, and I was wondering if you have any spare parts I could have.” He laughed, and he gave me the spare parts, and he gave me a job that summer at Hewlett-Packard … and I was in heaven.

I’ve never found anyone who said no or hung up the phone when I called. I just asked. And when people ask me, I try to be responsive, to pay that debt of gratitude back.

Granted, it’s often not easy to ask for help. Asking can make you feel insecure. Asking can make you feel vulnerable.

You show respect.

..You’ve said, “You can do what I can’t.” You’ve said, …

You show trust. …

… you implicitly … that you trust the other person with that knowledge.

You show you’re willing to listen….

You get more — a lot more.

And so do other people, because they gain a true sense of satisfaction and pride that comes from being shown the respect and trust they – and everyone – deserve…