“Is that an electric bike?” asked one of the kids in the caravan park where we’ve been staying.
“Yes”, replied Ross.
“Can I have a go?” the young boy asked.
“No, it’s too big for you”, replied Ross.
“Does it go really fast?”
“Have you got to peddle all the time?”
Ross chatted with them and answered their questions.
They didn’t push the point for a ride and I couldn’t help admire their confidence to ask for what they wanted. Straight up!
I love how kids don’t prejudge an answer.
I love how they simply ask for what they want.
It makes me curious. At what point do we learn that it’s rude to ask for what we want or that people will think less of us if we ask or any number of variations on this theme?
When you think about it, you’ve got a 50 50 chance of getting a Yes or No.
If you get a Yes, you’re in front.
If you get a No, you’re no further behind. You’re still at the same spot you were when you asked.
If you have trouble asking for what you want, my recommendation is to go to https://www.goforno.com/ and order the book Go For No by Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton.
It’s required reading in my Leading Yourself and Leading Others Experience.
The message is clear, “If Yes is the destination, No is how you get there.”
This week why not be childlike?
Why not ask for what you want?
It’s not that hard to ask “Can I have a go?”
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