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Today's Marketing Cookie - Do Your Best
"Do your best to make it happen."
Today's fortune came from Jim David in Dallas, TX. Mr. David is the Vice President at Ussery Printing and has served on the board of directors for the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the AMA multiple times since 2005. He has served as President of the chapter as well as the Executive Vice President of the chapter's nine special interest groups. His sense of humor is always good for a chuckle and that's one of the reasons why I consider it a joy being connected with Jim. You should follow Jim on Twitter: @jimdavid
Today's Marketing Cookie is asking you to make it happen, and do your best - as only you can. Sometimes in marketing we face an impossible challenge and we can already see that whatever we had planned, is not going to work out. In that defining moment, you reach down for that something extra, and you do your best.
When you are standing on the tradeshow floor, and you've just been informed that your beautiful new booth is not going to arrive, you need to improvise. You don't give up! You call a local furniture store, rent a beautiful couch, a coffee table and four really comfortable chairs, and create an inviting living room where your booth would've been. To your delight, the attendees really appreciated an opportunity to sit down, give their feet some relief, and talk with you for a moment. You have several meaningful conversations. While everyone else has a booth, fancy graphics, and video screens, you stood out by offering a place to sit down. By the end of the show, you have collected four times as many leads than expected, and you saved the day. This is what it means to do your best to make it happen.
During the battle of Gettysburg, a Union Colonel and his road weary soldiers from Maine, held a rocky hill top, that turned the tide of the Civil War and set the South on an irreversible path of defeat. The Colonel's name was Joshua Chamberlain, and he was given the 20th regimen of Maine, which was a unit made up of a collection of left over soldiers from other regimens. He originally departed Maine with 1,621 men, but by the time they got to Pennsylvania, only 266 remained.
A few days before the battle at Gettysburg ensued, 120 three-year veterans from Maine had defected, were captured and brought to Chamberlain to be executed. He realized that he grew up near the town where they were from and sympathized with the mutineers. Instead of shooting them, he fed them. He offered them an opportunity to join his ranks... which they did.
His mission was to stop the Confederates from taking an area called, "Little Round Top" as this was the far left of the Union line. His orders were to hold this ground at all costs, because if the South broke through his position, they would be able to flank the Union army. Joshua and his 366 misfit soldiers from Maine held off wave after wave of attack, until eventually they had run out of ammunition.
Knowing that the South would soon come at them again, Chamberlain ordered the men to affix their bayonets. When the Confederates got close enough to see their faces, Chamberlain shouted "Charge!" and his men ran down the hill toward the opposition. During the charge, the confederate front line and reserves all fired their guns at Joshua and his men, who came down on them with only bayonets. After emptying their guns, the Confederates were overwhelmed by the charge and surrendered. The Confederates were taken prisoner at gun point, even though none of the guns were loaded.
I realize that the challenges we face in marketing are hardly like the life and death choices made on the battlefield, but I believe both provide an opportunity for you to show what you are made of. We must become heroes when the situation seems hopeless, and find a solution to problems when we are without resources. Whether you are at a tradeshow without a booth, or defending "Little Round Top" without any ammunition, you must do your best to make it happen!