That's something I used to hear from my father growing up. His lesson would relate to how I shouldn't be afraid of speaking up, of asking for something I want and the worst that can happen would be rejection. So what?
It's a lesson I've taken to heart, such as when I'm asking a retailer if they can negotiate the price of something due to a flaw in its design. Why buy something that doesn't deserve to be priced at its max?
It's a maxim I remember when asking for advice. Sometimes I feel bad about asking this or that person for their take on something, whether relating to dating or poetic ventures or journalism. But there's no shame in admitting what you don't know, and I'd say there's no shame in asking for tips or insight. There is always someone who knows about something more than we do.
So I'd implore you to consider that sentence "You don't ask you don't get" in your daily life. It has its limits, of course, but sprinkling that question in areas of your everyday can be extremely helpful.
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