There's a very powerful, very effective tool you can use to get what you want in life. And, as simple as it is, most of us weren't taught to use it very well when we were growing up. In fact, some of us were taught not to use it at all, or only when absolutely necessary.
What is this simple, powerful tool? Simply ask. That's it. Ask. Ask for what you want. Now, we don't mean whine, and we don't mean you should expect a handout or someone to do your work for you - those things simply make you less than you can be. What we do mean is learn to ask very specifically and very courteously for what you want. Ask in a way that both helps you define and achieve the end results you desire.
When you ask for help, create value for the person you are asking. Can you help him or her first? What's in it for them if they do help you? Money? A good feeling? Being part of a purpose that will help many others? Paint a picture for them of how helping you will benefit them. Finally, ask, with the expectation and belief that you will get what you want - and keep on asking until you do.
You may not continue to ask the same person and you may have to ask in different ways, but if you refuse to accept "no" for an answer, you increase your chances of eventually ending up with a "yes."