Getting permission to try something new is hard. It’s hard in life, as you need to convince yourself to be brave, but it’s even harder at work when you need to convince someone else to.
It’s hard because it’s far easier for someone to say no than it is to invest in your idea. It’s far easier for someone to avoid the risk of failure than it is to endure the uncertainty of the new.
Yet that same uncertainty exists every time anyone tries anything new, ever.
If it wasn’t for testing this uncertainty, then we wouldn’t have any of the innovations we have today. The Internet wasn’t a guarantee. Nor was the car, or plane.
Yet the concept of risk, even the thought of failure, holds many people back. It stops people trying and stops those in positions of influence saying yes.
Next timeNext time you feel as though you need to ask permission for something, don’t.
Instead, do something to prove that what you’re proposing will work.
Start small, start cheap, build a prototype, try it out and show them. Even if it’s not a prototype, just do something, anything to demonstrate it’ll work.
By demonstrating it’ll work, you’ll take some of the fear and risk away from the people you’re asking for permission from, which makes it easier for them to grant it.