If there’s one thing I’ve learnt it’s to always put yourself out there because you never know what can happen…
Last year I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sponsor a Virgin Unite party in Montreal for the F1 races. I was having dinner with my uncle telling him about this opportunity. Casually, I said “Ya, I’m sponsoring this Virgin Unite party in Montreal, but I’m not going…” As the words came out of my mouth, I realized it was the stupidest idea ever. That was a Wednesday night. Thursday I booked my ticket, and Friday morning I left.
I showed up at the event that night solo. Going to any event solo is - always - awkward, but it forces you to step outside of your comfort zone and meet people. I met the some incredible people from all over the world that night & I got to meet Richard too!
I shared my passion with him: to support women’s confidence. Admittedly, I felt like I was doing a horrible job at explaining how a shoe company supports women’s confidence, but I gave it a go regardless. At the end of the night I handed him my business card with a little note saying, “I’d love to talk to you more about the women’s confidence program.”
I was obviously nervous writing this note and handing it to Richard, but I thought I’m here and I have - nothing - to lose. Sunday morning I received a personal phone call from Richard inviting me to the F1 race.
Spending the day with Richard and all the Virgin teams was INCREDIBLE. Luckily for me, it started to pour rain and the race was postponed for close to 2 hours so I got to sit and chat with him longer. I’m inspired by Richard in more ways than words can express. His authenticness and the amazing teams he’s built is truly remarkable. Best of all, I’m now happy to call Richard a friend.
There are 3 things that June 10th, 2011 weekend taught me.
- Be authentic
- Share your passions
- Put yourself out there. You never know where it might lead you.