Stop! First of all, you can do anything you want. Can’t is a bad, bad word. Didn’t your mother ever tell you that.
Second, what do you have to lose?
Third, do you really know this to be true? I mean, there is such a fine line between being pushy and persistent. Your definition is not the same as someone else’s.
Fourth, do you really care what they think? Why? Who are they anyway?????
You can’t please everyone, nor should you try. As a professional, you add value. You could be an asset to someone. But don’t be subservient, come from a position of authority and power.
How would you feel if you went to buy a car and the salesperson started begging you to buy the car?
We’ve all called for service (plumber, electrician, gutter cleaner) and never gotten a call back. Do you know why? Was the service provider thinking, “Gosh, I don’t want to call them back, they may think I’m being pushy”?
If you want something, you have to do the hard work to pursue it.
Have you not done something because you were intimidated by what the other person might think? Have you held yourself back because you were afraid of what someone might think?