A friend sent me an article via Facebook. It was printed by the Huffington Post and linked to an article, “Amanda Palmer: The art of asking.” Amazing. Watch it here: www.ted.com/talks/amanda_palmer_the_art_of_asking.html.
It inspired me to think. To think about how much people truly will do for you if only you ask. This goes for writing/publishing support as well.
Amanda mentions how she was in need of something. She posted the need for this item on Twitter. She received a response where she actually met the woman in person. Turns out this woman was an amazing person to meet.
What if we, as authors, publishers, editors, publishing consultants, etc. decided to try a different tactic and actually ask for help from other people? My belief has always been that most people want to help. It’s just that others are often afraid to ask. Maybe it’s because of our pride; we don’t want others to know we need help.
I watched a movie via Netflix recently about a woman who worked as a commercial cleaning woman. Her job was to clock in and clean an office after hours. I don’t remember exactly what led to this, but she wasn’t able to cut it financially. As a result, she and her daughter ended up evicted. Up until that point the little girl had been staying by herself in the evenings while her mom worked, because she didn’t have the money for childcare.
Well, once they lost their home, the child had to come to work with her where she ended up laying out a bed for her in the supply room. Lo and behold one of the male executives finds out, they fall in love yada yada yada. During this movie though, I kept thinking…why doesn’t she tell him the truth? She kept it a secret from him for awhile. I’m thinking that if only she’d tell someone; one of her daughter’s teachers or someone, maybe they could get her and her daughter some help.
So I kind of went on a tangent there, but you catch my drift. We don’t have to do this alone; be it writing or whatever your goal may be.
Let’s try something different today and this week. Let’s ask others to help us!
Ask away! (Evin – http://www.mrgurupublishing.com)