Steve Jobs' on Don't be Afraid to Ask for Help

This short video will change your life (alternatively go to YouTube and search for “Steve Jobs Ask”):

Many of us use iPhones and iPads and other Apple products because of one simple business and life strategy that Steve Jobs practiced from a very young age: “Ask and you shall receive.” Steve Jobs never had issues reaching out and asking for help from strangers. You will be amazed how many people want to help you if you just ask! Fortunately, not many people do this. 

When Steve Jobs was only 12 years old he called Bill Hewlett from Hewlett Packard. The young Steve Jobs asked Bill Hewlett if he could give Steve spare parts for a device that he was creating. Hewlett laughed and not only gave him the spare parts, but gave Steve Jobs a job!

Many of us are too shy or we think that it is outside of our comfort zone to ask for help, especially from strangers. Culturally it feels uncomfortable for many people to ask for help or ask strangers for something. You need to do this often. 
So in this day and age of social media, how do we successfully ask for help? It’s much easier than you think. In LinkedIn please do an advanced search and find people with something in common with you. If you are from Bombay but live in the United States and live in New York, enter Bombay in LinkedIn and then the zip code that you live in. Then send an “inMail” message in LinkedIn with a very short message as follows:


Hope all is well. I am also from Bombay and I also live in New York. Please let me know if you have time for a coffee in the next few weeks.

Thanks a lot,

Yes it is that easy! People really do want to help you, especially the farther away you get from the place you grew up in. You can also reach people by leveraging your school as follows:


Hope all is well. I also went to McGill University and I also live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please let me know if you have time for a coffee in the next few weeks.

Thanks a lot,

Trust me – this works! My success rate on getting meetings with strangers using LinkedIn has always been very high. Why? Because I ask often and most people don’t. The key is to find at least one thing you have in common and mention this in your very brief and very polite message. This works exceptionally well. It works because very few people do it. Too many people today use email which is why it is not an effective tool to set up meetings. InMails work. Please try it. I promise you that you will be amazed at the outcome! Relationships are always more important than product knowledge. People want to help you! Simply ask and you shall receive : )