Years ago, I read a book called "Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty." The premise was the need to grow your personal network from the beginning of your career, not when you were searching for a new opportunity.
This article takes that thinking to the next level with a proactive approach to specific individuals, almost like a sales pursuit. As I read it, I saw parallels to an effective client pursuit: understanding the target, adding value to the conversation, creating a context for the conversation.
So many things in life can be addressed with a similar set of tools, as is shown here.
We all have professional idols we’d like to meet. Sometimes we might luck into getting to say hello at a conference or having a mutual friend who can introduce us. But often, despite our suspicions that we have a lot in common with and could even be friends with our heroes, they remain out of reach.