I’m using the term celebrity loosely. What I really mean by celebrity is a person who reached the top of their profession.
It’s obvious who are celebrities in acting, music, and sports. Less obvious are the “celebrities” of business, healthcare, and food service.
I highly recommend making friends with celebrities who do what you want to do. I respect Brad Pitt, but due to my low interest in acting, I won’t try to make him my friend.
Once you clearly identify the who, then the next step is how to make them your friend.
This is not a trick on how to get Taylor Swift to come to your next birthday party.
Some people won’t like what I’m about to say, because most of my celebrity friends won’t know they are my friends.
To me, friends require me to do two things – know them well, and help them when I can.
Their actions, such as loyalty, interest in me, and the time they spend with me is of no concern to me (at least not for this exercise). I’m not looking to change what they do in any way.
That means knowing them and helping them.
How do you learn about a celebrity? It’s pretty easy, actually. People who reached the top of their field have a lot written by them and about them.
I’d recommend reading everything you can by your chosen celebrities, and once you’ve exhausted that, then start reading about them.
Along the way, you will get a feel for the struggles they face. If you can help, then do it!
What does this look like? Here’s an example:
Tim Ferriss is one of my favorite celebrities. He has reached greatness in business, health/fitness, lifestyle design, and writing. All four of those are priorities that we share.
I read all articles I see about him, and at this point, I feel I have an understanding of his values and his struggles.
I know for a fact he follows a scientific method approach to anything he researches. Minimize the effort, and maximize the results. This certainly requires a ton of data analysis and number crunching, two things I’m pretty skilled at.
When I find an opportunity to help him, and that could be as simple as a data tracking spreadsheet, I will help. Here’s the key – I will help with no expected return.
Whether he uses the help or turns it down, or makes a multimillion dollar product from it, that’s of no concern to me. My efforts were in helping. It’s the act of being a friend, not using a person for personal gain.
And if this results in him showing up at my next birthday party, so be it.