I answered a Request for Proposal to lead a project that I was excited about. I have done some other work for the organization and not only believe in what they’re doing, but I enjoy working with the people. I wanted to do this!

The head of the organization forewarned me that politics may be involved in the selection — others with influential connections were submitting and there may be pressure to go with one of them. I was very close to not throwing my name in the ring or doing the work to develop a proposal where there were low odds of success. But I went ahead and submitted — and was chosen!

It was a good reminder to let others be the ones to say “no” to you — don’t prematurely say it to yourself. Take those chances. Ask for the job/donation/help. Put in a proposal you may not win.

Stop editing the script and give others the opportunity to say “yes.”

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