the art of ask-piration

on 02-06-2012

When I was a kid, I scooped some fireflies into a jar, thrilled at the chance to watch them blink up close. It was magical for a moment or two, but then I noticed their sparkle shift to a dim pulse. I quickly unscrewed the lid and let the lights float back to freedom before their magic drained away.


I believe our dreams are a lot like fireflies. When we hold them captive because they seem to need something —  a full-blown plan, a little more time to marinate, a shot of tequila for courage, a dose of sanity, you name it — we’re doing them a disservice.


Those suckers need to BREATHE and FLY and SHINE.


The beauty of it is, you don’t have to unscrew the top to that jar alone.  One of the best ways to help a dream take flight is to ask someone you know or  want to know. What are you going to ask, you ask? Good question!


You’re going to ask whatever questions will get you whatever it is you need to keep moving forward. Maybe you’ll ask people to share their own experiences, be sounding boards, introduce you to someone, ask you questions so you examine your dream from all sides and  can better communicate it  to others, give you a chance {job, idea, break, new perspective}, provide you with starting capital, give you a swift kick when you need it, tell you that you’re not insane, tell you  that you  are insane,  but that it’s OK to be crazy. . . . and the list goes on.


When you come right down to it, it’s all about THE ASK.


And if you’re hesitating, think of how good you  feel when someone asks you to be part of bringing a dream to life. Makes you feel like glowing.


Check out this article for additional “ask-piration” to just do it, and then unscrew that lid. It’s time to get your shine on.


  1. Thanks for posting this! Great advice and just what I needed to hear, especially after watching “Smash”.

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