A life lesson learned from Frank Sinatra

A life lesson learned from Frank Sinatra

"If you don't ask, you'll never get."

This simple phrase came to me recently while watching a Frank Sinatra interview with Larry King.

Sounds simple, doesn't it, ask to get? But it was a lesson I've had to learn many times.

You see, growing up, I tended to be cautious and didn't want to impose on others. But I've come to realize since that "playing small" doesn't serve me or those whose lives my life could touch.

In the interview, Sinatra explains how, at that stage in his career, he wasn't being asked to do many interviews, and wasn't really getting movie scripts to read. What?? The legend, the "Chairman of the Board," "The Voice"... not getting offers!

As I heard that almost inconceivable fact, I realized it wasn't because Sinatra wasn't wanted, and wasn't famous. It's because no one was asking. Why not? Well, they probably thought he was too busy or was being flooded with other offers, they were intimidated, etc. And, at that moment, if one of them, just one, had decided to approach him, who knows what might have happened.

So, I have a suggestion.

If you want something today, a date, a job, an audition, even just a kind word, ask for it.

Yes, you might get turned down. But, on the other hand, you might not... and, if not, you'll finally have the chance to say you did it your way.

 

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