On the other, I’m spending most of my time reading books and watching TED talks.
It feels like the world is changing right before my eyes and I’m trying to find a way to share this with my peers.
And I’m searching for something different, something that would help me do that.
A month before graduation, I find it and and unbeknownst to me, I also found what I would dedicate the rest of my 20s to…
April 4, 2010
McConomy Auditorium Carnegie Mellon University
Four months ago, I had agreed to start the
CMU chapter of the TEDx program to bring
the power of the TED conference to my
I had a simple goal: find people whose message inspired me and create a stage to share it with my friends.
Raghaha KK, an Indian artist who’s amazing talk about [what I liked] had just wowed the crowds at TED.
Chris Guillebeau who was on a quest to visit every country in the world.
Chase Jarvis who had risen to become one of the top lifestyle photographers in the world.
It wasn’t easy.
We were 10 college kids with a small budget convincing big-name speakers.
Negotiating sponsorships with big-name companies. Blah Blah – stuff many of us had no idea how to do.
But four grueling months and tons of effort later, the day came and we were able to pull off an amazing event.
After the event, people came up to thank us from all over. Like my friend who’s parents were watching and finally understood what he was trying to do (he later started a brewery in Pittsburgh).
I still vividly remember at the end when we went to give our closing remarks. 400+ people, on their feet for what felt like 10 minutes … it wasn’t something I was honestly used to …
Looking over the crowd assembled in the auditorium, where just a few months before The Late Dr. Randy Pausch gave his famous last lecture, I knew their lives would never be the same again…
In that moment, I also realized something important: there are some people that are meant to be on stages in front of crowds of thousands of people.
But there are others who can have as much impact by creating platforms that enable that.
Little did I know, it also created the model for the work I’d be doing over the next decade of life — helping top creatives create what I call Profitable Platforms.
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