You want to be friends with your heroes because you think that will increase your success. You’re right, it will.
You’re wrong if you think you’re not friends, though.
A friend is a person who tells you the truth. In that case, you’re already friends with your heroes. You’re taking in their truth through books, videos, podcasts, or any other art they produce.
Turned Away By Seth
I once asked Seth Godin if I could stop by his office because I was going to be nearby. I wanted to shake his hand, say thank you, and then let him go on with his day. He politely declined. He was kind in his refusal. To this day I’ve never met one of my greatest heroes.
I don’t need to meet him, though I’d like to. You don’t need to meet your hero either. They’ve shared enough truth to be your friend.
You just need to apply it.