If you have Oprah’s number, you should probably give her a call. And you should probably tell her about your favorite children’s book character, Maury C. Moose.
But that isn’t the only reason you should call her.
Last night, Kobe Bryant was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon talking about the animate movie he made about retiring from the NBA. Jimmy was impressed by the help Kobe had on the film – Glen Keane, from the Little Mermaid, Pocahontas and Aladdin is the animator & John Williams of ET and Star Wars fame did the score.
When asked how he got those industry legends, Kobe said he just cold called them. He said he does stuff like that all the time. He’s called Oprah just to talk.
When Jimmy laughed at this, Kobe had some good advice:
If you want to learn something, the best way to learn is to reach out and ask.”
Let’s forget about the fact that the people who will take Kobe’s calls are way different from the people who will take our calls. I wouldn’t even know how to get the first digit of Oprah’s number, let alone the next 6.
The important thing is not that we should try to call the guy who does the music for Star Wars. The message we can take from Kobe, is that if we want to learn something, we should reach out to someone who is currently doing that thing and ask.
Here’s the entire video: