After sending 7 unanswered emails, I received a video response from the founder I'd been trying to get in touch with.
"Hey man, sorry for the late response, we've been moving our office to Austin this past week and it's been hectic. I appreciate your offer and I could definitely use some help on a project I'm taking the lead on."
I received my chance. Now it was time to seize the opportunity. Here's the framework I used:
If the underlying goal is to add value, then this project needs to be bumped to the top of the priority list.
Under normal circumstances, I time batch email. But this is one of the very few scenarios where I turned all of my notifications on. Respond as quickly as possible.
Complete the project scope with 100% effort... and then add 10% more. This is the one chance to make an impression.
It's one thing to tell another person something is important to you. It's another to show them it's important.
"Your actions speak so loudly, I can't hear what you say."
After completing the first project, I asked for more. We set up a bi-weekly meeting cadence to continue collaboration.
It's been 3 years since starting our bi-weekly meeting cadence, and we're still meeting to this day.
Tomorrow, I'll begin to unpack some of the tips, advice, and frameworks I've learned from my mentor.
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