Do you remember the 1980's? I was a teenager then and remember fondly one particular TV commercial where a young Naomi Watts gives up a date with Tom Cruise for a lamb roast. Fair enough today, but back before couch jumping on Oprah he was a huge star! Today I did something similar.
The story begins when I became an ambassador of Lenovo, the largest PC maker in the world. I have blogged before about how I e-ttracted them to me and also their awesome technology. They even flew me to London! Great people.
Today, Ashton was in Sydney to spearhead their technology conference, Tech My Way, and I had a golden ticket. I could even invite my friends! I tried to get to Sydney for the event, but it would have been really hard on my two young boys. Spencer just started primary school and still finding his feet as a prep. They would have had to get up at 5:30am, be shipped off somewhere, then transported to before care, school, aftercare and somewhere to babysit and them finally home at 9pm - too much!
Thus, I gave up meeting one of the most inspiring actors (who is really a technologist) to have a hamburger at home with my kids. Why? Well it all comes down to values. Something I talk about regularly and believe deeply. Values drive our core and I believe when we listen to our intuition great things happen. To me, on this day my kids were more important than a Hollywood superstar.
I really was keen to go see his presentation and the news reports said it was AMAZING! You might not be aware that Ashton is a massive tech investor: Spotify, Airbnb, Foursquare, Fab, Uber, Dwolla and Path are all on his list of successes plus Social Star...ok I made that one up. He is pretty cool, but to me my kids are cooler.
*Check out his presentation here or follow the comments on Twitter at #techmyway
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