It can’t hurt to ask
You want a raise, a chance to work from home twice a week, a new freelance client? It may seem silly and superobvious, but do you know what will set you apart from everyone else who wants the exact same thing? Asking for it. Will you get what you ask for every time? Of course not. But you never know unless you try — and the truth is, most of the people around you are afraid of trying. What’s important is that you’re willing to put yourself out there and go after what you want. Your success rate will vary, but it will be a heck of a lot better than the success rate of your cube mates who are still sitting around patiently waiting for their ships to come in.