We all need help in some way or another. When that time comes, we go to the people who we think can help; those who have done it before, or have that specific skill that we are seeking out. And once we target the right person (or people), we reach out and ask.

However, most of the time when we need help, we are thinking of just that. But there is an obvious flip side that within this social age that we take for granted. And that is: nothing is free. Nothing. Everything you do, read, create, share, love, hate, and breathe costs something. And the question at the end of the ask is who is paying?

Many of us are asked to do things for free all the time. In response to a request, Erika Napoletano of Redhead Writing, posted this yesterday:

Erika Napoletano Redhead Writing

 Though I love this list and may take her up on a few of them, there are a few great lessons here:

1. The Ask Depends on The Relationship: If you want people to do things for you, then you need to do twice as much for them. The ask is built on the relationship that is created. Since “an ask” will cost someone something (whether it is time, money, additional resources), people are more inclined to help if they know you have their back.

2. Decide Your Self-Worth: At the end of the day, each of us decides how and where we give our energy, our time, our resources, and our love. You are in charge of your life. Way the risks and then go with your gut.

3. Gratitude: It is extremely easy to forget to be appreciative  of the little things that our lives and the people in them give us. Make it a point to acknowledge them every day.

What do you think? Do you believe that anything is free or is there a price to everything in life? Have you been asked to donate something that you were uncomfortable with? Did you do it anyway? We would love to hear from you.

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