On select Fridays I will pose a challenge to you, the reader, to improve your lives and careers in some small way. Do you accept the challenge?
For most of my life I would simply take what was offered and not get too concerned about the small things that weren’t quite to my liking. I didn’t want to make waves, or be difficult. I would just accept something that wasn’t exactly what I wanted and move on.
But, then I learned a better way to live. Ask for what I truly want.
In most cases, the vendor is happy to make sure you get what you truly want. Sometimes, it might not be possible for a very good reason. Ask for alternative solutions. If it costs a little extra, make the investment and get what you want. If you are polite about it and ask in a way that doesn’t come across haughty then they will find a way to help.
Thank them for their service when they deliver what you want, the way you want it. It will help them feel better about the work they do when they know it was of value to you.
Life is too short to simply accept things that are not what you want. Politely ask them to make it the way you want it.