It’s been 3 days since I’ve launched my campaign and I believe I’m doing pretty great. $3,753 in 3 days: if I keep continuing like this, I see my NYU dream coming true!
I bet we can make it to $5,000 by the end of this week, right?
I have to admit: it is super hard to overcome myself and ask for help but as one of my friends told me: we’re all still stuck in the idea of getting things done on our own. It’s possible very very rarely and I’m learning that it’s good to ask… It’s good to ask because amazing things happen only when you work together, no matter if it’s crowdfunding campaign or anything else. Some dreams were never to happen if it wasn’t said out loud or if it was done on my/your own...
I have 30 amazing contributors so far from every single aspect of my life: my family, TEDxVilnius, TEDxBrussels, TED, my past work at the Not Perfect | Y&R agency, my current projects such as Forum One. I am enormously grateful to every single one of them and here are the few of them:
Seth Godin: I am speechless that my hero and role model believed in me. I’ve followed Seth’s blog and work for the past 5 years and been lucky enough to meet him last October when he spoke at Forum One conference here in Vilnius. Thank you, Seth, for believing in me. I hope “333” is a sign for what’s going to happen. :)
With Seth Godin at Forum One 2014, Vilnius, Lithuania
Egle Kruliauskaite: my amazing sister, who supports everything I do. Big things are coming your way!
Wing Lam: Wing Lam is owner of Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, a restaurant chain of Mexican, Brazilian and Asian Food. I was lucky enough to meet Wing and his wife Kelly, when he spoke at Forum One 2013 conference here in Lithuania.
Juste Staselyte: first things first: sorry about the picture Juste, but I need more traffic. :))
Juste is my best friend, we’ve known each other for 8 years. We’ve studied together, we went on theatre adventures together, we did Work & Travel USA together (and hated it together, too), we did TEDxKids@Brussels together, we launched TEDxVilnius together, we had our first TEDActive together: with her you can make any work project possible. I could go on and on but you get the idea.
With Juste in Orlando, Florida during Work & Travel, 2010
Marc Quinn: I’ve met Marc back in 2010 when he came to speak to Login conference here in Vilnius. Marc was the one, who introduced me to Seth’s blog and I kind of blame him of the beginning of the avalanche. :)
Fredrik Haren: Fredrik spoke at Forum One 2014 in Vilnius last October and in Forum One Ukraine just a few weeks ago. It’s always a huge pleasure to work with Fredrik because it’s easy and he gets what does it take to organize an event. Can’t wait to meet Fredrik on the way really soon.
Vladas Lasas: Vladas is another hero of mine. He was there since the beginning of TEDxVilnius, he introduced me to TEDActive and to Forum One. He is a patron of TED, he co-founded Carbon War Room together with Sir Richard Branson. He ran for Lithuanian Presidency Elections last year (and I know he will make it one day). It’s my huge pleasure to work with Vladas and to learn from him every single day. As Vladas says “every drop counts”.
With Vladas, Forum One team & Sir Richard Branson, Kiev, Ukraine 2015
Nicholas Brook: He runs an amazing ZN agency in Brussels and I was lucky enough to work with him on TEDxBrussels past few years.
Sarge Salman: I’ve met Sarge at TEDActive 2013 when he approached me the first day of the conference and told me I was on his top10 list and we should talk. Sarge runs TEDxBaltimore and is one of the people that you instantly like after meeting. I am very lucky to know him and can’t wait to catch up during TEDxWeekendVienna next month.
Niki Ernst: I am lucky to call Niki one of my best friends. Although we met only a couple of years ago, we’ve been on a few adventures: twice at TEDActive, co-hosted TEDx workshop in Berlin in 2014, prepped 22 speakers for TEDxVilnius just last month. Niki’s is also helping me so much with this Indiegogo campaign. Thank you, Niki!
With Niki and Svetlana of TEDxNovoSibirsk in San Francisco, November 2014
So what now? I keep on asking. :) I keep on asking to believe in me and to believe in my dream. I keep on asking to believe in a beauty of learning and in a collaborative effort to make things happen.
Here’s more about my dream: http://bit.ly/1ebtoyK I still have 48 days to go and I believe in my dream coming true.
Thank you for everyone contributing and sharing my campaign!
Next step in a goal: $5,000 by the end of this week: can we make it happen? :)