Be Careful What You Ask For...

If you're asking for something, make sure you know what it is you want before you open your mouth to ask for it.

If you're beating around the bush, trying to ask nicely, hoping they will get the hint, or otherwise acquiescing, you're not asking for what you want. You're asking for something that you hope leads to what you want.

Just remember, sometimes you can get exactly what you ask for and still not be very happy.