One important lesson learned recently is that it really is OK to ask.
Why do we fear the simple act of asking? Whatever your answer might be, the answer might have something to do with the fear of rejection.
If you have an idea, if you want to create something - it’s likely that you’re not going to be able to do it alone (yes, some people can and do) - but when it comes to creating products, it’s likely that you’ll need someone to help you. Someone to engineer it, design it, prototype it, manufacture it, distribute it, market it … the list goes on. And if you’re anything like me, and trying to start these ideas on your own - you’ll need to ask some people to help you engineer something, or help you manufacture your idea.
So, it’s ok to ask.
The difference is that you don’t ask for a freebie - your position your value. Value can come in many forms - money is one of those - though it’s not the only one. If you can provide value to those you’d like to work with your chances of success increase dramatically. You need to think about the specific situation, the specific ask - and ensure you see it from the other side. How do you create a situation where you ask provides value not only to you, but to the other party. If the value is there - you’ll be on your way.
And worst case - they say “no thanks”.
I’ve worked with teams of designers - and it was fairly common for me to say “You can ask, but they’re allowed to say no” or “They can ask, but we’re allowed to say no”
If the value isn’t there - the “no” is expected. Learn from it, adjust accordingly and move on to the next one.
So, it’s ok to ask. Just remember to create value and use the “no” to adjust your ask.
This series of content is a small experiment. I pledged to create a piece of content on my site for the next 365 days. You can read the opening post here. The posts aren’t limited to thoughts or ideas, they’re really just a way for me to create original content. If you got any feedback/questions, please reach out. Thanks for looking.