Yes, before no. It's way too easy to be default-pessimistic.
“I want to stay as close on the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.” — Kurt Vonnegut
Lead by example
Demonstrates the behaviour, values and work ethic you expect from others, inspiring them with your actions rather than your words
Give, give, give, give, give, get
Add as much value as you can prior to making an “ask.” Play the long game.
The Power of Habits
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle
Close The Loop
Always follow-up. Do what you say you will.
Connect The Dots
There is nothing better than connecting people who you know will become good friends or colleagues.