Fun Friday – Who Would You Meet?

Scott Harrison

We’ve all got someone we’ve never met, but look up to dearly; someone who’s brain we would absolutely love to pick.

I’m wondering who you would like to meet.

I’ll go first.

Scott Harrison, founder of Charity:Water. He’s got an amazing story about how he went from a self-indulgent New York City club owner to a passionate world changer. In just 4 years, his organization has raised over $20 million, funded 2,906 water projects, and brought clean water to 1.3 million people.

Check out the site. Check out his story. It’s truly inspiring.

Ok. Your turn.

If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?

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  • http://BlackbirdCanWrite.com Nicole

    Can the person be deceased? If so, definitely Mark Twain! His wit, intelligence, and perspective were FAR ahead of his time!

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      We can open it up to the living and the non-living. ;) Great choice!

  • http://www.matthewjackson.net Matthew Jackson

    Definitely Pope John Paul II. The man was an icon for the 20th century. I don't believe any spirtual leader since Paul (my own opinion mind you) has been so instrumental in teaching others how Christians should behave and treat others regardless of their own faith. He was instrumental in ending communism in his native country of Poland and probably the rest of Europe in the process. And when a would be assassin attempted to take his life, Pope John Paul II forgave him and told reporters, "“What we talked about will have to remain a secret between him and me. I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned and who has my complete trust."

    An amazing man whom the world was better for having had him in it. A man who truly lived the spirit of our Lord and Savior and spent much of his life teaching others to follow the path Jesus laid out before us.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      I love it, Matthew. That's an amazing example of forgiveness and grace. Even more incredible, how small is it compared to the love and grace we received at the cross?

      Pope John Paul II set a great example for us that we should strive to follow. Thanks for commenting.

  • http://twitter.com/BethDees @BethDees

    Gloria Gaither…what an amazing person she is! Would love to sit with her and just listen to all the spiritual wisdon she has. As a woman, I would love to hear her insight on being the wife, mother, friend, daughter, that God wants us all to be. Wow, I could say so much about my respect, and admiration for Mrs. Gaither, but it's so hard to find the words to explain why spiritually she would be awesome to spend time with. Maybe it's because I haven't had many mentors in my life that were women. No one in my personal life to look at, and know what God wants us to be as women. I will never have the opportunity to sit and talk with her, but maybe one day I will get that wish to meet her!

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Excellent choice, Beth!

  • http://twitter.com/forGodforlife Allison

    Either Steven Curtis Chapman or Danny Gokey. Both are such an inspiration to me in music and in life. They've both lost someone special to them and have gone through heartbreaking times, yet they've found the strength in God to carry on and not give up.

  • http://www.maderalabs.com Justin Davis

    Dave Ramsey (we talked about this yesterday!)

    His discipline and philosophies are inspiring, and have been life-changing for me both in my personal life and in my business life. Building a company like his – 300 employees and millions in revenue – all on a cash-only basis is a reminder that discipline, hard work and strong vision are the keys to building a lasting company and legacy. To be able to sit with him and chat over lunch (or throughout the rest of my life!) would be an unreal opportunity. Dave's message is more than just a different way of thinking about money – it's an entirely new (and strangely old-fashioned) way of thinking about running a business and inspiring meaningful and lasting change.

    • Travis Robertson

      Darn you for commenting first, Justin!!

      Agree with Justin on this one. Nobody (other than my own dad) has had a more profound impact on my life and way of thinking about money and business than Dave Ramsey. "Meeting" him has already been done. Actually sitting down with him in a learning environment one-on-one or a small group type setting would be incredibly valuable.

      I know he's got his "Eagles Group" – that's the type of learning I'd like to do with Dave.

      -Travis

      • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

        He really is a great choice, guys. He definitely makes my top 5.

        A friend gave me a tour of his operation a few months ago. The culture in that office is unreal. Dave goes to great lengths to develop his people. It's like walking into a building full of 300 entrepreneurs; eager to strike out and make their own mark, but so invested in the Lampo Group's mission that they stay and do amazing things.

        What an excellent model for all of us business leaders to look up to.

  • lindseygilstrap

    Great question! For me, it would be internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl who is the author of Man's Search For Meaning and the developer of Logotherapy. He was a survivor of the Holocaust and at the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning. If you have not read this book–please do! It is life-changing! You can check out a TED vid of him here and be inspired: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/viktor_frankl_

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks so much, Lindsey! I've read about Frankl in a few different books, but have never delved into his writing. I'll add it to my Amazon wish list right now!

  • http://www.thegetintentionalmovement.com Ryan Jenkins

    I'm split b/w John Maxwell or Marcus Buckingham.
    Both are rock stars that rock my world. I have met Maxwell but would jump at an opportunity to have dinner or a long conversation with him.
    I dig the blog Kenny – see ya around.

  • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

    Thanks, Ryan! I'd love to meet John Maxwell. I'm a big fan of everything he does.

  • http://lmackinnon.wordpress.com Lexi MacKinnon

    For me it's a tie between C.S. Lewis and Dr. Martin Luther King! Lewis because he wonderfully mixes creativity with amazingly solid theology and King because he was so courageous despite so much persecution. Oh and I would love to meet David Platt, author of Radical! lol Can't make up my mind! Good question! =)