“Honey, people will be fine when you take what they give you. But, oh, no, dear . . . be careful if you ask for more.”
– Kamala Harris’s Mother to Young Kamala
How astute. What a great lesson. Some people think that, if you ask for what you believe you deserve, or what you are worth, then you are “too ambitious,” “overly aggressive,” “demanding,” or even “ungrateful.” Don’t fall prey to such nonsense. Sure, you need to present a Request (i) Respectfully, (ii) it’s got to be Reasonable, and (iii) accompanied by a credible Rationale. But don’t be afraid or intimidated to ask, or you will rarely be paid what you are worth. You’ll notice that Young Kamala’s mother did NOT tell her not to ask . . . just to ask “carefully.” How astute.
This quote was sent to us by Chrissy P, a member of our Blog Family from Louisville, Kentucky. Thanks for the astute contribution, Chrissy. We hope that others will learn from Kamala’s mom, and remember it, too, just as Kamala so obviously did.
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