In Randy Pausch’s book The Last Lecture, he tells the story of a trip he took to Disney World with his father and son. They were riding the monorail, and he asked them if they wanted to ride up front with the driver. (Randy had worked for Disney as an Imagineer, so he knew that this was something they were happy to do if someone asked about it.) Randy’s father thought the idea was too out there, that it wouldn’t be the kind of thing that you’re allowed to do. But sometimes, all you have to do is ask and you may be surprised at the answer. They did ask, and the three of them were welcomed to the front of the monorail, a special experience that they got to share together.
I think that a lot of times we are afraid to ask because we’re either scared of rejection, or we’re worried that we’ll seem too forward. I often think of this story when I’m feeling that way, because sometimes taking a risk can pay off. The worst that can happen is that the answer is ‘no’, but it’s still a victory in that you stepped out of your comfort zone and tried.
Game Plan: The next time that you see an opportunity, just ask! Sometimes all you have to do is ask, and it can lead to all of your dreams coming true. Dream big!