Don’t Hesitate When Opportunity Knocks Ian Ziering

I must confess back in the day I was a fan of 90210, who wasn’t?  I wasn’t big on Team Dylan or Team Brandon but who wasn’t on Team Steve Sanders?   I am not a celebrity stalker who constantly watches TMZ and reads the tabloids, but when I found out Ian Ziering was going to be on the 2013 Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM) celebrity daddy panel, I thought it would be cool to say hi and take a picture with him.  Like I mentioned before, it was an entertaining, insightful, and heart warming panel discussion.   As expected, when the talk was over, some of the attendees stayed behind to speak with the panelists.

I had two agendas.  One I mentioned above and the second, more importantly, was to say hi to Buck Inspire supporter Robert “Daddy” Nickell.  Robert also had a line going so it was a two-man race.   I was in between both of them but quickly prioritized and jumped into Robert’s line.  Perhaps I also subconsciously chose the path of least resistance because Robert had been a guest on my podcast and I’ve interacted with him a few times in the past.  After Robert and I exchanged pleasantries and caught up, I had a few moments to work on my second goal.

Ian Ziering was also wrapping up and before I knew it he bolted for the exit. I hesitated for a moment and slowly chased after him.   My inner dialogue went a little like this. What are you doing?  Are you a teenage girl?   Why don’t you chase after Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner to while you’re at it?

That’s when I stopped my pursuit and composed myself. What did I learn from this?

Don’t Hesitate

When I was in between lines and oscillating on my next move, other people stepped in and lined up in front of me. When an opportunity presents itself, if you hesitate, your competition and your peers will get in front of you.  Over the years, whenever I did hesitate, a less than ideal outcome happened.  Most of the time, nothing happens and I’m left wondering what just happened here?

Don’t Overthink

Analysis paralysis reared its ugly head. How do I sound cool?    Do you want him to think you’re a weirdo?  Am I being silly?  Don’t embarrass yourself fanboy!  In the end, I did nothing.  If an opportunity pops up and you stew too long, your self doubt and your pessimistic side could get the best of you and immobilize you.

Don’t Be Too Polite

If you want something, go get it.  If not, other people who do will take your share or your spot in line.  Most of the time, things don’t fall into your lap.  You have to work and earn it.  There really are no free lunches and silver spoons.

No Excuses

A favorite of line of mine is Oh you’ll see him next time. Oh really?  Justifying your non action won’t deliver the goods.  In this case with the success of Sharknado, and a possible sequel in the works Ian Ziering will be even more scarce.  Good going Buck!

Final Thoughts

I’m not saying to plunge impulsively into every opportunity that comes your way.  That would be foolish and you will only be successful if you are very lucky.  What I am saying is don’t hesitate, overthink, be too polite, and make excuses. If you do, the opportunities that come your way will slip through your fingers. Just look at me me and Ian Ziering.

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Buck

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18 Responses

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    I got a kick out of this post, but you made it into something true and relevant. I don’t know anything about 90210 but you are so right about not hesitating when a small window of opportunity is waiting. I’ve done it so many times in my life and the chances never came again. Life is filled with risk-taking and potential rejections. We should never be ruled by our fears of looking foolish.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      No 90210 for you Lee? Guess with time, I finally getting on the same page. Love you line about not being ruled by our fears of looking foolish. Didn’t Steve Jobs say, “Stay Hungry Stay Foolish”?

  2. krantcents says:

    Living in Los Angles, I run into celebrities all the time. In fact, I literally almost ran into Sophia Loren at the Century City Shopping Center. I was going around a corner and she was coming the other way and I almost literally ran into her. She still looks good for a woman in her seventies.

    I never asked for an autograph in my life, but I am driven when it comes to goals or opportunities.

  3. Rita P says:

    Well said Buck, if you are not so lucky opportunities can slip through your fingers. So many times we hesitate and that opportunity is taken by someone else. We need to be quick enough to grab it.

  4. Untemplater says:

    Oh wow, the original 90210. Now that brings back memories lol. Pushing past hesitation can be hard to do. But it feels good to jump over those hurdles and seize opportunities when they arise.

    I’ve had a few celeb encounters (mostly classical musicians) and I always felt embarrassed approaching them for a pic or an autograph, but once I did it, it was so worth it! Getting a pic, autograph, and shaking hands with Itzhak Perlman was incredible.

  5. This post is entertaining and informative at the same time. Great article and I completely agree on your points. Sometimes we tend to overthink and spend too much time analyzing that we let good opportunities pass us by. So many times we hold ourselves back from doing this or that, because we think there is some perfect time when magical things happen and we will finally be ready. The thing is we are never ready until we are.

  6. Fun post with good advice. I loved 90210. I didn’t see it when it first came on air, but I watched all of the re-runs one summer when I was in HS.

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