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BEHIND THE SCENES: Lessons in Dreaming Big, Perseverance, and the Power of Konnections Part I: Dreaming Big

Oprah’s Tweetpic: “Me! Fire-walking! Last night!”

Yes, that is Oprah Winfrey walking on hot coals – the camera catching her surprise, delight, and wonder as she puts aside any fear and dashes across the red-hot embers. By her side is Tony Robbins who 12 hours earlier had welcomed Oprah as a surprise guest at his “Unleash the Power Within” (UPW) Program in Los Angeles last fall along with 4,200 people from 36 countries.

The fire walk is part of the UPW Program opening night. When she finishes, Oprah screams with joy, “This is the next chapter, people. I have walked on fire!” (She tweeted the picture the next day.)

Tony was delighted too. As he wrote on his blog, “I was especially privileged to have Oprah at this event. For years I have described her as the ultimate example of someone who’s overcome the most extreme odds to create an extraordinary life of service & contribution…. I was thrilled that she stayed for the entire 12 hours, played full out and—in spite of significant fear—was one of the first to storm across the fire!”

The event will air as an episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” in February on OWN and is featured in the sneak peek video on her site.

Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey together. And to think it only took me 15 years to help make it happen.

My dream to have Tony and Oprah connect began shortly after I started K2 and Tony’s book agent, who had hired me for one of her authors, invited me to attend Tony’s UPW Program. I admit it: I did not want to go. But today I can’t imagine what life would be like if I had not gone. So much came from that night. Yes, I fire walked but most importantly I wrote down my goals and the things I wanted to happen in my life and career – and what was stopping me. That list became the mission of K2 and my life.

I still have the list I wrote down that night, and by 2011, I’d accomplished everything on it save one: getting Tony Robbins on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Why did I write that down in 1996? I hadn’t gotten anyone on Oprah’s show at that point. I wasn’t Tony’s publicist. But I still felt the need to make this happen. His authenticity instilled in me a need to pay it forward and what popped in my head was Oprah. They had both overcome huge obstacles to get to where they were. I believed then as I do now that they were both put on this earth to help us all “konnect” with a higher purpose. Konnecting these two people could make a difference in the world.

And I became consumed with the idea of making it happen.

The Stones had it right: you can’t always get what you want but if you try sometimes you get what you need. So much talk in the PR world is about the need for speed, immediacy, and the aggressive pursuit of results to get what the client wants. But sometimes to get what you really need especially when you dream big? You need to keep at it. Even if it takes 15 years…

Click here to Read: Part II: Perseverance