I've been in a class for the last two days and one of the participants, who is from D.C., made this comment:
"You shouldn't ask anything of anyone until you've earned the right to ask."- Jon Cassady
I think that even though this quote was made in the context of developing the resources of a non-profit, it could be applied to a lot of other areas of life as well, such as relationships, etc.
Anyway, it was food for thought for me.