If you’ve ever thought that being
nervous about calling or emailing someone you look up to
goes away the more you succeed, think again.
Recently, a young singer named Leigh wanted
to email a young singer named Marie and ask her to sing a duet
Just one problem.
She was so nervous
that she couldn’t send the email. She said, “It was like I was writing to someone I had a crush on and you
don't want to mess it up."
She finally got the nerve to send it
devastated when she got no response. She told her
husband, “She hates me and she hates the song. She's probably going to change her email
Marie finally responded a few days later
with, “I think it's awesome. Let's do it!”
But Leigh's jitters didn’t stop.
When they got together to record,
she told her husband, “I'm in over my head. I don't know what
You’d expect this from a
new artist, but Leigh's far
Leigh is Grammy Award winning
superstar Miranda Leigh Lambert, who has won the ACM Female Vocalist of
the Year award five consecutive times (the most in the history
of country music).
Her husband is Blake Shelton,
who’s had 24 hit singles of his own, and is a judge on the hit TV
show “The Voice”.
Marie is Carrie Marie Underwood.
Yet even after having achieved
more success than most people dream of,
Miranda was nervous about asking Carrie to do the duet.
Even ultra-high achievers get
nervous. What separates them from the pack is that they aren't afraid to ask,
even when they’re afraid of getting turned down.
The next time you get nervous about
emailing or calling someone and asking for something, remember that you’re
The worst thing people can do
to you is say no. The worst thing that you can do to yourself is
To Your Success,
For the younger readers who’ve never tried it, “calling”
people is something we did in the old days, when people actually
talked to each other instead of texting. You should try it
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