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<h1>Don’t be afraid to ask for favors.</h1>
<small>2000-05-27</small>
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	Have you ever asked for directions in a city?
	People get a little ego boost when they know the answer to something you’re asking.
	They’ll gladly show off their knowledge.
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	So don’t be afraid to ask for favors.
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	People like doing favors!
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	When I lived in New York City, one bold musician I know called me and said, “I’m coming to New York in two months. Can you give me a list of all the important contacts you think I should meet?”
	I laughed because I admired his directness!
	Then I emailed him a list of twenty people he should call.
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	Sometimes you need to find something specific: a video director, a JavaScript programmer, a sitar player.
	Contact everyone you know and ask.
	Friends of friends will know how to get everything you want in life.
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	Some people have time on their hands and would rather help you do something interesting instead of watching TV.
	Need help doing promotion?
	Need help getting equipment to a show?
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	Just ask them!
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	By making them feel important, connected, and needed, you’ll be doing them a favor, too.
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