Guest Posting: Landing the Gig Isn’t That Hard

Guest posting is a huge topic for bloggers. In fact, the concept of guest posting involves a mishmash of debate, with pros and cons for both blogger and blog owner.

Should you? Shouldn’t you? What might happen? Will anything happen? Which blogs? Which bloggers? When should it start? When does it stop?

Oy. Confusing indeed.

Guest posting can have many positive effects, and it can have many negative effects as well. Posts tossed about here and there aren’t ones that will achieve specific, measurable goals. Taking the time to manage the situation properly and good things happen.

A well-written (and by well-written, I do not mean classical literature) guest post submitted to a carefully selected blog can have strong results – new traffic, new readers, new business, and new credibility. Fantastic. We’re all for that.

Likewise, a well-written guest post by a credible writer submitted to your blog can help engage more readers, increase your reputation, lighten your workload and earn more traffic. We’re all for that, too.

But just how does guest posting happen? What’s the process? What are the pros and cons? How do you know what to do? When should you do it? When should you avoid guest posting altogether? How do you navigate the process?

We’ll tell you. This post is the first in a small series on guest posting to help you learn more about its powers, the drawbacks, some problematic situations and great solutions. Enjoy.

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

I’ve often been told that I ask too many questions. My response was always, “If I don’t ask, I’ll never learn anything.” Asking has brought me many good things: jobs I wanted, promotions I sought, skills that interested me, knowledge I desired.

I specifically remember the first time I made a conscious effort to ask for something I wanted. It happened in Grade Four, when I was the only English kid in an all-French school. The most popular girl in the school was in my class, and I’m sure she didn’t even know my name.

Everyone loved her. She was perky, bright and friendly with long blonde hair, the ultimate girl-next-door. I trailed behind her and her entourage from a distance at recess and lunch hour. I would’ve given anything to be part of that group.

One day while filing into the classroom, someone bumped me by accident. It was her. “Oh! Sorry,” she smiled like the sun. Before I knew it, I’d blurted it out.

“Would you be my best friend?”

Guest posting is just like that. You need to know who you want to accept you, and then you need to bite the bullet. Some blogs openly request guest posters with a little ad or link, but most don’t. You need to ask, or you’ll never know.

(The girl said yes, and we immediately struck up a fast, close friendship that lasted years. I still talk to her today.)

How about you? How do you feel about asking people for something that you want?

Stay tuned for Monday’s post, where we’ll tell you how to avoid throwing away all your chances of success with your guest post.

Post by James Chartrand

James Chartrand is an expert copywriter and the owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words, the game-changing writing course for business owners. She loves the color blue, her kids, Nike sneakers and ice skating.

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  1. Well, you’ve already guest posted on MY blog.. so, uh.. James? Will you be my best friend?

    RhodesTer’s last blog post..VidCast # 2 today.. copout? Yeah..

  2. Very good point. I often get hung up on the what-ifs… what if it’s not good enough, what if I’m not cool enough, what if they think I’m stupid for asking… I really need to get past the what-ifs and just ask already.

    That is, once you’ve finished this series, so I’ll know what to do so I don’t shoot myself in the foot. Knowing me, that’s something I’d do. ;)

    Allison’s last blog post..Taste and Create 10

  3. What an appropriate post for my week. I actually just submitted my first guest post for another blog (it hasn’t posted yet, but will soon).

    And, you are SO right; all I needed to do was ask. It was as simple as that. The blog owner’s response more than blew me away. She was thrilled at the thought, and she seemed to really appreciate my gumption to take action with what I wanted.

    HUGE hump for me.

    Kristen’s last blog post..It Is Finally Here….

  4. I’m a HUGE believer in ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained.” There is never any harm in asking. However, you have to be appropriate and know how to take the temperature of the room. Expect rejection and move on.

    Half the fun is in the asking. When I was in college I wanted more than anything to know what it was like to ask a guy out. So, I found my target and picked the day to go for it. He had me weak in the knees. I made my move just as another girl went over and hugged him. I walked past him and changed my mind. Two minutes later I realized if I didn’t do it I would regret it. So, I marched back right into his new class, asked him out into the hallway and asked him out.

    WOW. The kicker. The thrill was in the asking. I never pursued it. A year later he spotted me and asked how come I never followed through. I apologized, but told him it was just something I needed to do….know what it felt like for a guy to ask a girl out so I could be more considerate of men when it happened to me.

    Sorry for taking up so much your space, James. Just remembered the story as I was commenting!

  5. I have been thinking about this topic and have a few people that I think would have very inspiring stories that would be perfect for my blog. But I would be up for others too. You are right. If someone asked I would probably be very open to it.

    Do you think it would be a good idea to have a guest post policy blurb? ( If you are interested in guest posting please submit….blah, blah.. blah).

    Can’t wait to read the entire series. There are also some non-bloggers I would like to have guest post. I keep remembering Harry’s Mom’s post. That was very special.

    Wendi Kelly’s last blog post..A Lighthouse in the Storm

  6. Uh, James? I think you know the answer to how I feel about asking for what I want.

    Yeesh.

    Now I have to learn to develop my blurting into more tactful requests.

    You taught me that. :)

    steph’s last blog post..In Other Words

  7. I have an exceedingly difficult time asking for what I want, even when I’m pretty sure I’ll get it, unless I’m really comfortable with the person I’m asking. My grandfather (this is during the depression) was sent to the store to by some plums. When he came home, my great grandmother told him that he’d bought the wrong thing. She said that he needed to go back to the store, return whatever fruit it was he’d bought, and get the plums. My grandfather buried the fruit in the backyard and emptied his piggy bank to buy the new ones. He didn’t want to ask; I know exactly how he feels.

    Writer Dad’s last blog post..Shocking

  8. @ Writer Dad – Aw, dude… that’s so sad. Now I’m going to think about that all day. But very relevant, and I appreciate you sharing.

    @ Steph – Ah, Canadians, blunt as nails :)

    @ Wendi – Personally, I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to have a blurb. My thought when I see one is, “They can’t fill their own site; overworked; lazy; aren’t serious…” That’s not the case, often, but that’s my perception. I don’t know how many feel the same, so I’m loathe to comment.

    @ Susan – That’s the perfect saying, yes. Heh, and you broke his heart. Cruel woman… but he didn’t forget you ;)

    @ Kristen – Yup. We assume they’ll say no. And they often don’t :) Good for you and good luck!

    @ Allison – Yeah, I think we had to kick your butt a few times at Escaping Reality before you found your confidence, didn’t we!

    @ Rhodester – Only if you send me cookies.

  9. Over the last few years I’ve only ever been told “no” to a guest post once, and I’ve done a bunch, though I’ve slowed down a lot lately except for friends since I now make a living out of writing blog articles. It surprises me that people are so afraid to ask.

    Funnily enough the guest post I enjoyed writing the most was the first one I’d ever been asked to write, rather than having to chase down myself, and that was the one published here the other day. Must be something about not having to convince the blog owner that the content is going to be “social media optimized” or whatever. Thanks for the fun, by the way. ;)

    Joel Falconer’s last blog post..Advice from a Problogger: An Interview with J.D. Roth

  10. James: But polite, too! LOL!

    steph’s last blog post..In Other Words

  11. Well, as you know I had the nerve to ask you for a guest blog entry and you graciously agreed. I was fortunate to have 14 talented writers contribute to my blog’s birthday bash and they are high quality entries.

    I read a book years ago on asking for things. We went through my recently deceased dad’s office cr@p and that man collected a lot of cr@p indeed. He had a lot of chutzpah and asked for things left and right hence the pile of stuff.

    The worst that could happen? “No.” That’s all. You won’t be shot, dragged in mud, or pushed down the stairs.

    Meryl K. Evans’s last blog post..Move Your PC Emails to Gmail

  12. It’s nice to see that this topic is being addressed and I look forward to seeing where you go with this guest blogging series.

    I think one thing I’d like to see clarified is the etiquette on getting back links from your guest post. For instance do I leave it up to the other blogger to put the link in or is it acceptable to ask for a specific keyword targeted back link?

    Matt Savage’s last blog post..What Nice Guys Need to Know

  13. James,

    Funny thing. The guest posts I’ve done have all been requested. I don’t know why, I’ve never asked anyone. Busy enough, I suppose.

    As Joel said, it feels nice to be asked. I really enjoy doing them, probably more than I would if I were doing the asking.

    Thinking, thinking…

    Regards,

    Kelly

    Kelly’s last blog post..Naming 101.3: The Hall of Fame, the Hall of Shame, and How’d They Manage With That?

  14. In my line of work, I have to ask around a lot. I do not find it difficult and do get a lot of things done by simply asking. I would however add a caveat. The ‘how’ you ask is very important, more than the ‘what’ you ask.

    No one has ever however asked to me to be a guest writer, nor I anyone! All in good time I suppose!

    Nicole Price’s last blog post..Green Gifts

  15. Michael Martine says:

    Guest posting is beneficial for both bloggers if done right. It’s a total win-win. Looking forward to the rest of the series to see your take on it, James.

    Michael Martine’s last blog post..Teaching Sells is Closing the Doors

  16. Thank you very much for writing this!

    I have a certain amount of trouble asking for things, and I’m not even sure I want to think about how it’s going to be in a world I’m such a newcomer to. The few times I’ve gotten the nerve up to go for things it’s gone pretty well, but I always feel a bit presumptuous.

    Ravyn’s last blog post..Character Evolution: Crisis Point (Types of Response)

  17. I’ve had a couple guest posts on my blog (RPG blogger friends who filled in while I was on vacation), but as far as other folks I’ve asked…. I’ve had people say yes and then never get back to me. ;p

    So I don’t feel bad about asking, I feel bad about following up and making people stick to their word! ;-)

    Geek’s Dream Girl’s last blog post..Online Dating Etiquette 101: Winks

  18. Guest posting is something I’m looking to get into down the road, so I’m interested in watching this series. Obviously, you have experience in this area we can all learn from. LOL

    I usually don’t have a problem asking for anything. My wife even wrote a guest post on my blog about how I’ll ask for extras or anything I think is worth asking. The worst they can say is no, right?

    John Hoff – eVentureBiz’s last blog post..Choosing The Best Kind Of Affiliate Marketing For Your Website

  19. @ Joel – That was very flattering, so thank you. We enjoyed having you here, and our reasons for asking will be covered in this series :) Send me your stats by email, btw, and I’ll work that in.

    @ Meryl – You had some nice bloggers during your bash, and it was my pleasure to be invited to guest post. And I didn’t say no ;)

    @ Matt – That’s an excellent question, and I’m glad you asked. I’ll include that in the upcoming posts on guest posting.

    (Note to everyone – ask your questions. I may answer them!)

    @ Kelly – It is cool to be asked, yup. Most bloggers don’t get asked, though, so count yourself lucky!

    @ Nicole – How you ask is VERY important. We’ll cover that one on Monday :)

    @ Michael – You just want to see me get nasty ;)

    @ Ravyn – In a virtual world where putting yourself out there counts, wear that presumptuous like a mantle and walk the walk. I do lol

    @ Geek – Another excellent point and I’ll include that in my series – thanks for reminding me that happens!

    @ John – Some of my best friendships come from people who ask me for stuff – I admire their courage and usually come through.

  20. James,

    You certainly have plenty of experience when it comes to guest posts, so I’m looking forward to your seasoned advice on this.

    I’m conflicted on the issue–I enjoy guest posts (either doing one for someone else or having someone write one for me), but I just never seem to have the same motivation in writing a guest post as I do when writing one for my own blog.

    Nevertheless, the one thing I can say about guesting is this: I try to turn in as excellent a piece of work as possible and strongly suggest that anyone who wants to guest post do the same–it’s the chance to shine on a (usually) much bigger stage than you normally have on your own site.

    And now, I’m going back to working on, of all things…a major guest post.

    Jesse Hines’s last blog post..How My Brother Uses Blogging to Get Jobs

  21. @ Jesse – Here’s a quick bit of advice. When you write for your own blog, and you write a post that just absolutely shines, that you look at it and think, “Man, this is too good…”

    Give it away.

  22. James,

    I try to write my very best stuff for others, for sure. That quick bit to Jesse might make a good trigger for me to think of branching out more actively. I like that a lot.

    Until later,

    Kelly

    Kelly’s last blog post..Naming 101.3: The Hall of Fame, the Hall of Shame, and How’d They Manage With That?

  23. James,

    That is very good advice…I’ve written posts before and thought, “Man, this could be a really good guest post for someone.”

    If I just give it away–well, there’s my guest post. Done.

    No need for any of the manipulative motivational exercises I put myself through in order to force myself to sit down and finally crank out a quality guest post.

    Shoot, I may never have to think about guesting again. Just continue on with my blog, realize when I’ve got a good post, and then just give it away.

    The no-stress approach to guest blogging.

    Jesse Hines’s last blog post..How My Brother Uses Blogging to Get Jobs

  24. By George, I think he’s got it ;)

    You do seem to agonize a lot over guest posting and I feel that you resent it – and yet you’re treating it like a curious beast that you’re still poking at.

    Yes, I have gigs where I have obligations and agreements, but there are many that I simply say, “Damn, that’s just TOO good for us.” Off it goes.

    And Harry cries. He likes my best :)

  25. Michael Martine says:

    James, that’s so simple and effective. Brilliant! I’ve pulled guest posts from my own pool of drafts, that way I know I’m not doing lesser work for anyone.

    Michael Martine’s last blog post..Teaching Sells is Closing the Doors

  26. James,

    Oh, what a cute story . . . (Akemi Jr loves it)

    I’ve been on both ends of guest blogging. Someone mentioned it already, but it’s about coming up with a win-win plan. And don’t get discouraged by rejections — I’ve got fair amount of No’s before.

    Further, it’s important to do it right. I’m amazed with guest bloggers who make it on a big blog, and then . . . they don’t respond to comments. They don’t even say thank you. Now this can even be counter-productive. When I guest blogged at Urban Monk, I had to go back there for several weeks because the comments kept coming . . .

    When I take guest writing, there is a reasonably lengthy process before the post ever appears on my blog. I request re-write. I edit. And then I often discuss best visuals. Etc. So it’s important to choose the blog carefully — don’t take it too casually.

    Akemi – Yes to Me’s last blog post..Gratitude Friday, Week 7, Gratitude From Akemi’s Inner Child

  27. Urban Panther says:

    So, in grade 13 I screwed up the courage to ask Mike O. to the Sadie Hawkins and he said no. Thanks for bringing up such painful memories. *grin*

    In my personal life, I am getting much better at asking. In my work life, I am only just starting to ask. Mainly because I have lost patience..and I have nothing to lose…see comment on Brett’s post..so I just go for it. However, the Lion and I are slowly developing our own business and this is where I definitely fall short. I am sooooo not a self-marketer. The Lion has already developed and run his own highly sucessful business, and he’s experienced at it, so I tend to let him do the self-promotion type stuff. However, I really need to expand my comfort zone and start asking. And interesting stuff about guest blogging. I just assumed blog owners approached you! Looking forward to the rest of the series.

    You aren’t French?! So that whole beaux yeux thing was because you are faux French?

    Urban Panther’s last blog post..I just don’t get it

  28. @ Urban –

    I’m a half-breed – French mother, English father, so I’m whatever I want to be when the mood suits me ;)

    http://menwithpens.ca/a-confession-from-one-of-the-men

  29. Oooh, timely. Also: love your advice to give away the best ones. That’s a lovely, reassuringly low-stress way to think about it.

    Here’s a question, for one of your follow-up posts … any thoughts on polite ways to turn down people who approach you wanting to guest post for you when it’s not really your thing or not the right fit? I’m just encountering this for the first time.

    Havi Brooks (and duck)’s last blog post..Your “service”: it is not working

  30. @ Havi – Excellent question. And I’ll address that one, it’s worthy of a good answer.

    @ Akemi – I’ll also address that too, because I think you brought up something important. Guest posting carries responsibilities beyond the writing and the moment of fame.

    @ Urban – Speaking from experience here… I’m the jetsetting go-getter. Harry does best standing just outside the spotlight. We worked very well like that for quite some time – those were our comfort zones.

    However, over time, I began to feel awkward. It seemed to be all about me. I know, I know, it *is* all about me and I love it. But I didn’t realize that the more the light shined on me, the darker it became around Harry. And he didn’t want to take anything away from me, but he wished someone would say, “Hey, Harry, you’re cool too.”

    It was no one’s fault, but our own comfort zones ended up pushing each other away and we became alone in our little worlds. We’re very lucky that we can talk and be extremely open, and we’ve found balance again.

    Considering that you and Lion live together, I think you two should talk about finding a little light for you, too. Because you will want it at some point, even if it’s tough to shine sometimes.

    I’m glad you came to comment here.

  31. About a year ago when I was first getting started with my blog I spent a few months writing guest posts. It was one of the best things I ever did for my blog and I highly recommend it. I wrote posts for a bunch of different blogs and while the results weren’t earth-shattering from any one post individually, it gave me a great opportunity to network, get exposure and links, and start to build a little bit of name recognition in my niche. I wish I had more time to keep it up.

    Steven Snell’s last blog post..Enhanced Sidebars with Dynamic Content

  32. *Shining a BIG bright light on Harry.

    “Hey Harry, You are VERY cool.”

    from a loyal fan….
    especially today. :)

    Wendi Kelly’s last blog post..A Lighthouse in the Storm

  33. Urban Panther says:

    @ James – oh, I’ve got the limelight, baby. After all, I’m the witty one. And sexy to boot! I’m just not willing to ask people to showcase that. *smile* Seriously, point well taken, and I am learning from the Lion’s the World Deserves Me attitude.

    Urban Panther’s last blog post..I just don’t get it

  34. The world deserves me. *strokes chin thoughtfully in egotistical introspection* Yes… Yes, I think it does. Hmmm…

  35. @ Steven – That’s the thing. If you invest time into doing it well for a few months, you end up finding all sorts of opportunities from it. Your blog is a great example of that. And everyone knows your name. Just like Norm ;)

  36. Asking is simple, yet effective. After realizing that guest posting is the most efficient way to receive large numbers of subscribers – I have decided to go through with it.

    Granted, I must work on something well worth it. Something a huge blog would want on their front page for at least a day.

    The great thing is… If I receive a bunch of no’s I don’t have to throw that post away. Hell, I’ll just end up posting it on my own blog – and all will be well.

    Bamboo Forest’s last blog post..7 Ways You can Become Rich

  37. @James – Yep, you did. I’ve gotten better, but even now Harry always seems to know when I need a little push to just go for it. At least now I’m not so nervous about asking the two of you questions about ER. ;)

    Allison’s last blog post..Taste and Create 10

  38. I see Meryl posted above about her blog party. :)

    That was my first guest post and it wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t asked. I’m glad she did though. It was big fun!

    Jamie Grove – How Not To Write’s last blog post..The Maybe Flower – What Maybe Does to Your Writing

  39. Late to the party here, but yes, I do cry when James gives away his best stuff. I think it’s because I’m not as prolific as he is here (or anywhere else for that matter) that every post I do is an effort to make it shine here first.

    *blinks and drops the shades down over his eyes* Was just scrolling up through the posts and noticed the spotlight had shifted. Thanks, James and Wendi, I appreciate that.

    And thank you too, Allison ;)

    I have a weird love/hate relationship with doing guest posts and it depends a lot on whether I’m in a high or low energy cycle. Hit me on a good day and doing a guest post sounds like the greatest thing since sliced bread. Then I sit back and the work starts pouring in and I’m suddenly stressed and under a ton of pressure to perform (even if half of it is in my head).

    Like I said above, I put far more energy into my posts than James does (I mean that in a good way, he makes it all look so easy. He puts a lot of energy into his posts too, but he’s high energy to begin with) and squeezing out one post leaves me with nothing left for another on the heels of that.

    Does this put me in the shadows more? Sure it does, and I realize that much of that is my own doing. Have I learned to deal with it? Hell yeah, considering that when I *do* post here, it usually grabs the attention of some very big names – some of which James has spent months courting for attention.

    So if you ask me to do a guest post, don’t take it personally if I decline. It’s strictly a “me” thing.

    Interviews are a different story, I rarely refuse those ;)

  40. Harry,

    I’m too late to sound original on this, but you are an essential and cool voice here at MWP. I look forward to your writing and miss it when there’s not enough Harry, which is always. (The world does not only revolve around my other dear Man With Pen.)

    Until later,

    Kelly

    Kelly’s last blog post..Naming 101.3: The Hall of Fame, the Hall of Shame, and How’d They Manage With That?

  41. *cough cough cough*

    Yes it does.

    ;)

    James Chartrand – Men with Pens’s last blog post..Landing a Guest Post Gig: It Isn’t That Hard

  42. *coughbullshitjamescough*

    @Kelly: thanks, that’s very nice to hear :)

  43. ‘Cuz I haven’t said that to you two dozen times already, Harry. ;)

    Kelly’s last blog post..Naming 101.3: The Hall of Fame, the Hall of Shame, and How’d They Manage With That?

  44. Phillip Hines says:

    Interesting post. I think this is more motivational than anything. It applies to more than just guest posting. It’s also important to ask at the right time.

    For example, I worked at a concert for Maroon 5 and the Counting Crows last night. Our booth was handing out awesome front row seats. I didn’t ask for the tickets from my boss until the end of the shift.

    His reply when I asked: “Come on Phil, why didn’t you ask me earlier?”

    I like your willingness to ask questions–I’m kinda the same way. Sometimes, however, I tend to ask too many.

    Thanks for the motivation man.

    Phillip Hines’s last blog post..Vans Warped Tour 2008 at Virginia Beach Amphitheater Recap

  45. The worst thing anyone can ever say (besides, ahem, your coffee pot is broken), is “no.”

    It’s always worthwhile to ask for guest postings if that’s what floats your boat. I’m so busy with my own blog, I have yet to do so myself….’tis something to keep in mind.

    Enjoy, Barbara

    Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach’s last blog post..Today’s Thought to Share: Does YOUR passion replace YOUR common sense?

  46. Phillip,

    Ahh! I want to go see them SO badly. How was it?

    Kelly’s last blog post..Tip of the Week: Saved from Typographic Disaster! 7 Type Resources

  47. When I wanted guest bloggers for last June, I found that I created a little contest and offered a fairly substantial prize ($250). The response was minimal. I had much more success just going to the people I respected and asking them. The direct approach is better.

    John Hewitt’s last blog post..I Miss Siskel and Ebert

  48. I once read an interview with Jack Canfield (“Chicken Soup for the Soul” series) in which he said that the number one reason why people don’t get what they want in life is because they fail to ask others for what they want. And you know, the worse that can happen is that they say “no”. That’s not the end of the world.

    Marelisa’s last blog post..Welcome to Abundance Blog at Marelisa Online

  49. Phillip Hines says:

    Kelly–Maroon 5 rocked! Counting Crows actually disappointed me (and a lot of other people too), but overall it was a fun event.

    Marelisa–That is true…asking for what you want is good, as long as you don’t do it too much. But getting told “no” too many times can really discourage someone trying to break into the business. I mean, who likes rejection?

    Continuing to get rejection should send a message–either change something, or stop asking.

    Phillip Hines’s last blog post..Vans Warped Tour 2008 at Virginia Beach Amphitheater Recap

  50. @ Philip – I would always change and never stop asking. Because when you stop asking, it means you’ve lost all hope.

    And there’s always hope.

  51. Phillip,

    Thanks for the mini-review, you made up my mind. I’m going next weekend, but the Counting Crows better get the message from you!
    :)

    Until later,

    Kelly

    Kelly’s last blog post..Tip of the Week: Saved from Typographic Disaster! 7 Type Resources

  52. Phillip Hines says:

    James,

    I said this post inspired me, and it really did–in a big way.

    I drive around 250+ miles every weekend for my event marketing job. The topic of us drivers getting reimbursed for our travel has been shady all summer. I finally sent an analysis report showing my gas expense and how it is affecting my earnings by 12-15% every paycheck.

    My boss called tonight and announced we will be getting paid a certain amount for every mile we drive. This will save me hundreds (if not a thousand or so) this summer.

    Thanks a lot man.

    Phillip Hines’s last blog post..Maroon 5 and Counting Crows in Virginia Beach, Virginia

  53. @ Phillip – Damn. Wow, that’s really very cool to hear, and *that* is the stuff I love. Taking a thought and applying it elsewhere. Good on you, man.

  54. I’m heading the way of interviews (with James and Harry being two of them) because I feel that it’s important to share the stories of others. As for guest posting, I’ve never thought of asking to do a post somewhere else because I already use up most of my day just making comments and posting to my own blog!

    Alex Fayle’s last blog post..Vacation Notice

  55. Hi James,

    Love your Grade Four “best friend” story. It’s the perfect intro to this series.

    Cheers,
    Jeremy

    Jeremy Days last blog post..Become a Lifestyle Entrepreneur: Anywired

  56. That is very true. Many people are afraid to ask for the very thing that is right within their grasp.

    To often people allow great opportunities to slip away simply because they didn’t make the effort to ask and thus it never becomes a part of their reality.

    I am guilty of the same fate and I try my best to have the courage to ask when I want something and accept the consequences with appreciation whether or not I succeed.

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