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The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

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The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help


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The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

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Forming human connections through exchange and vulnerability.

<p>Musician Amanda Palmer has worked as a living statue on the street, couchsurfed with fans, and asked for meals, equipment, and medicine over Twitter. She’s put her music online for free and asked for donations, and she’s used Kickstarter to raise over $1 million. In short, her entire career is built on asking. In this Snapshot, you’ll learn Palmer’s philosophy on asking and giving, as well as how vulnerability and trust are vital for human connection.</p>

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Want to truly connect with others
  • Want to be a better asker and a better giver
  • Are afraid to ask for help
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Amanda Palmer spent her early adulthood standing stock-still on a milk crate, her face painted white and a hat at her feet. She was a living statue dressed as a bride, waiting for strangers to drop a dollar or two into the hat in exchange for a moment of uninterrupted human connection. Making a living as a human statue taught Palmer how to be vulnerable. Even more, it taught her how to ask.

Years later, Palmer and her record label fell out, and she turned to crowdfunding to finance her music. Collectively, 25,000 fans gave over one million dollars to the campaign, all because...

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