Have you ever been afraid to ask for something? Maybe it was a small thing: like borrowing a cup of sugar from a neighbor, or asking a friend to take you to the airport. I hate asking other people for things. Unless I absolutely need something, I won’t ask (and even then, I’d still lean towards not asking).
Then one day, I found out you could (and should) ask for more at work. This, of course, can go two ways: 1) Ask for more work and responsibility, or 2) Ask for more money. Have you tried either one?