A detailed and thought-provoking journey on what prevents us from asking for assistance from others, taking into account both personal and professional experiences we may (and probably will) find ourselves in the midst of as we go through life.
In particular, I thoroughly enjoyed the WIIFM, an acronym for What’s in it For Me? From the perspective of the person who is being ASKED for help, not the person who is DOING the asking. The author makes it clear that this does not imply a quid-pro-quo type of situation but simply a way of communicating with others when we need their assistance. Being respectful, considerate and mindful of how you approach others can mean the difference between someone offering their help or simply saying they just don’t have the time.
Approached correctly, the person who is too busy to lend a hand could still offer valuable advice and even recommendations to others who may be in a better position to help you out. It’s all in learning, firstly, to ask and secondly, how to ask.