As a motivational keynote speaker I get to share the stage with some really talented people, so I'm used to seeing gifted people - but this young man blew me away.
His name is Michael Pollack and yes, he is extremely gifted as a musician, but that wasn't what impressed me the most. It was what he recently did, as an audience member while watching a Billy Joel concert and forum at Vanderbilt University. When Billy asked if anyone had any questions, Michael Pollack stood up. And then he did it. He asked Billy Joel if he could play with him.
What? Seriously? How much courage did it take for him to do that I wonder. More than likely a whole lot. But here's what Michael knew for sure: If he DIDN'T ask, he most definitely would not get to play with him. He took a huge risk – and apparently it paid off. He was spectacular and now, Michael Pollack is "trending" on social media and millions of people know his name – and his talent.
Two things I get from this.
- Be the very absolute best at WHATEVER it is you do. Keep practicing and learning and getting better so that you can feel more confident if you see an opportunity to ask to showcase what you have.
- Ask. Trust that you know what you are doing, take a deep breath, smile and ask.
If you'd like to watch the video, here you are: Michael Pollack Asks Billy Joel if He Can Sit in
I have to go now. There are a few requests I have to make.
Motivational speaker Linda Larsen