The Art of Asking

screenshot_358Brain Pickings, the free weekly interestingness digest, released the list of the fourteen best books of this year.  My favorite is by Amanda Palmer, “The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help“. 

Amanda Palmer plays music I would never listen to, but I am impressed with her as a person. Like Brene Brown, who wrote the foreword for the book, we share so very little in common, except for our humanity and our desire to live compassionately.

Brain Pickings describes her book as “a beautifully written inquiry into why we have such a hard time accepting compassion in all of its permutations, from love to what it takes to make a living, what lies behind our cynicism in refusing it, and how learning to accept it makes possible the greatest gifts of our shared humanity.”

Watch the trailer for her new book and then ask yourself about all the times your life would have been enriched if you had just asked someone else for something you needed.  A hug.  A dollar.  A meal.  A listening ear.  Some compassion.

Palmer knows about asking and allowing herself to receive.  She launched a Kickstarter campaign, asking people to donate $100,000 to finance a new solo album.  She received $1.2 million.  Here’s her TED talk and the story behind what prompted the book.


Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another.  Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.

10 thoughts on “The Art of Asking

  1. Thank you for sharing. I think above all else this reveals that asking is fair, that it is okay, better than okay, to ask for help, love, eye contact, to be seen.
    We all need to ask, but sometimes it can feel too difficult. Amanda Palmer puts this into perspective. Thank you

  2. I just finished her book last night and really enjoyed it. She does a great job on creativity, living life, and of course, the whole Kickstarter thing. Thanks for recommending her – I wish people would take the time to learn from her.


  3. I admire Amanda Palmer’s originality and boldness but cannot help thinking it is easier for a woman who takes her clothes off in front of a camera to fundraise than it is for an introverted geeky woman to get men to respond to her emails. 🙂

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