If you never ask for what you want you won’t ever get it

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Earlier this week, I discovered a misprint/typo in the University of Missouri’s student newspaper for an event I am helping out with. Instead of listing the event as September 30, the designer created a graphic that listed the wrong date.

Not a giant big deal, but I thought at least a correction was in order. Then I got to thinking more about it and decided that the best way to make up for the mistake would be to give the event a free house ad. So I wrote to the Editor-in-Chief and told him about the mistake and what they could do to make it up to us.

The house ad and correction ran in the next issue.

After doing all this I realized that most people will give you what you want if you just ask for it, especially if it is to correct a mistake. Or if they can’t give you exactly what you want, they might be able to come up with something similar.

This concept is true at the office as well, if you want a different desk, or another piece of art in your office or cubicle, ask. The worst than can happen is the person says no and you have to keep the floral print or desk with the wobbly leg.