Vaida SaulyteTech | Education | Co-CreationSome time ago
Have you ever met your idol, someone who you truly admire and have dreamt to meet for years? This happened to me, and here is a story on how it did not go nearly as good as I envisioned. Steve Bartlett is one of my greatest inspirations: he is someone who actively follow him on social media and have gained a tremendous value from. I have met Tim Draper, Will-I-am, Reddit founders, but no one left me nearly as emotionally overrun. Meeting him was one of my greatest dreams, that seemed hard to achieve. When I saw that he was one of the key speakers in a Dublin Tech Event, I bought the tickets and went knowing that there are small chances I could have a word with him. After I listened to his amazing talk sitting in a front row, (and having had a few tears of happiness ), I sneakily followed him as he went into the main exhibition hall to give an interview. Once he finished the interview, I stood next to him, extremely emotionally overwhelmed, barely able to control myself and what was going out of my mouth. I spoke with him for around 10 minutes, without being able to pick from my mind one proper question that I was actually interested in knowing. Instead, I was fangirl, and ranting pointlessly on how much I loved his work. Now, I do not want to let this happen again- these opportunities can be one of the kind and whenever I meet someone I admire, I am going to do things differently. However, to make it happen I need to start preparing now. Here is what I am going to do: 1. Learn to take deep breaths whenever I am noticing emotions overtaking me 2. Write a clear list of questions I would want to ask 3. List down potential collaboration/ value exchange opportunities 4. Visualize how I could lead that perfect conversation What do you do when you meet someone you really admire?

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Katharina ZiolkowskiGame Dev, Artist, Scout and Cat Mom
Ok, but when do you make that list? Just now, in case I ever meet that person? For every person I admire? Or when sitting in that ted talk? But what if he/she goes off stage and you don't get Our chance to follow him/her? And doesn't it seem weird to the person that you came prepared? I mean, it's a nice idea to think about such a meeting beforehand, but to that extent sounds unrealistic I'd say.
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Gaurav AryaCurious being chasing new horizons to expand my life experience.
that's an interesting story and I think it's alright to be starstruck when you need your idols. I'm sure Bartlett understood too :) and in all likelihood he probably experienced freezing up when meeting his idols too. Nonetheless, it's an interesting learning experience. Considering that meeting your idol could be a once in a lifetime opportunity it definitely makes sense to be prepared. To answer your question if I crossed paths with my idols I would humbly ask them to write down a motivating thought or principle that shaped their success.
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