Meet Your Heroes

The lesson of the day: meet your heroes. Do whatever you can, make the investments, if possible, to meet your heroes.

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The first time I went to Necker Island it wasn’t a good time to go because my daughter, Dannie, was only ten-weeks old. It was for a full week, plus a few extra days and it was very strange to be away from my family for that many days. It was not fun, not cool to be away during that time. At the same time and for multiple reasons, it was also one of the best things I have done in my life. I won’t go into all of the reasons, I will just say that it was an amazing thing for the relationship between me and my daughter. Something very spiritual on that island happened for me as a young father. It was tough to be away and it was a huge investment, but it was one of the best things I have done.

If you actually go out on a limb, invest, and actually meet these people one-on one, it is pretty easy to build a personal relationship with them.

I made the decision to go after the death of Steve Jobs. When he passed away – and I know this is a self-centered response – but I was like, ‘Damn, now I will never get to meet Steve Jobs, and I would really have liked to meet him.’ This weighed heavily on my decision to go to Necker Island because Richard Branson had been my idol for years and I really wanted to meet him. It was an amazing week.

Make the Investment

The list of people I would like to meet is a long one, and I spend a lot of time and invest a lot of money in meeting these people. I even have a game plan for making it happen.

This sounds egotistical for me to say, and it is unbelievable to me, but I know there are people who would like to meet me. Most of them, however, will not make the investment that is necessary to make it happen. It is not that tough; you just put forth the effort, pay up, and then we will have a great conversation. Most people won’t spend the money it takes to meet their heroes though. They would rather spend it on other stuff.

If you actually go out on a limb, invest, and actually meet these people one-on one, it is pretty easy to build a personal relationship with them. For them, it is special that you actually do it.

For example, I have my coaching group, The Bar Raisers; I have gotten to know those people really well. They made a huge investment, but I know them, I know their business, and I will know them the rest of my life. I will never forget about them. Often that is how these relationships start, with someone making a huge investment. Probably for most of this group, it was a huge step out of their comfort zone to make the commitment to meet with me. I am not saying I am a hero to them, but I do know that they want to grow and connect with me, and this is the best way to make that happen.

Show Up

Last week we went to Rotterdam because I had to speak to a group of entrepreneurs. We were Periscoping while we were on our way to Rotterdam. Generally, when I am Periscoping, I challenge people, I’m like, “Dude, get your ass over to Rotterdam,” because not only am I speaking, but also Balkenende, the former prime minister of Holland; Muadi, an amazing pianist; and some other speakers. Yet people come up with all these excuses why they can’t come and it’s so easy to do…you just show up. 80% of Success is Just Showing Up and you start a connection and start that relationship.

Some people just do not want to take the time, but you have to remember that you never know what is going to happen with the people in your life.

It is interesting that I get comments from people that say, “When you do an event near (fill in the blank) then I will come.” The farthest drive in Amsterdam to go to Holland is two-hours, but people won’t show up because they say it is too far.

Right now, I am in Buren because I am going to have dinner with Elliot, a friend of mine from the States. He is doing an event and I am going to attend. This is a big investment of time for me, but it is really simple — I just make the investment. Some people just do not want to take the time, but you have to remember that you never know what is going to happen with the people in your life. You never know what direction their path is going to take, so one of the best things you can do is actually make a list of people you would like to meet and then make it happen – meet your heroes.

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