JUST ASK FOR IT – March 30.2011

A snooty millionaire took some of his upper class friends yachting.

They passed a deserted island where a man with a long beard and

tattered clothes stood, waving his arms and screaming in their


“Who is that?” asked the friend.

“I don’t know,” said the host, “but every time we sail by he goes


That may be an exception to a universal rule, which is that most

people are happy to help if they can. But there is another universal

principle in play, which is, unless you are stranded on a deserted

island, you are probably reluctant to ask for help – especially from

a stranger. Thankfully, most of the time we are not coping with a

mayday emergency.

I recently learned that the word “mayday” has nothing to do with the

month of May. Instead, it comes from the French word “m’aidez,”

which means “help me.” But it is used only as a last resort. The

plane is nose-diving. The ship is fatally wounded. “Mayday! Mayday!

Mayday!” a voice screams over the radio. If help doesn’t arrive

quickly, all will be lost.

We laugh at the notion that men are famously bad about asking for

directions. But, in truth, most people do not easily ask for the

help they need. They wait until they are hopelessly lost, or the

marriage is on the brink of collapse or a simple job has become a

nightmare before they seek help.

And it is also true that help is not usually too hard to get. But we

have to ASK for it.

Entrepreneur Brian Tracy puts it well: “Ask for what you want. Ask

for help, ask for input, ask for advice and ideas — but never be

afraid to ask.” Or like one man is fond of saying, “You don’t always

get what you ask for, but you never get what you don’t ask for

(unless it’s contagious).”

I once heard of a little girl who confidently approached a police

officer. “Are you a cop?” she asked.


“My mommy said that if I ever needed help I could ask you.”

“Of course you can,” the officer replied. “What do you need?”

She stuck out her foot. “Can you please tie my shoe?”

Do you need help? It may be easier to get than you think. Just ask

for it.

— Steve Goodier

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About Robynn

Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

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