To Thank an Industry (or a Method of Marketing)
There are plenty more I love and adore in my professional and personal life — and there’s no justice in trying to include them all by name. Instead, let me pass on a few pearls I’ve learned from them, and see if the necklace fits:
- Get up every day and smile. Just being on the journey gives you gratitude. And with a smile, gratitude can be shared.
- Think of everyone as an individual, and walk a mile in his shoes — and five miles in hers. Feel her joy and pain. See what life could be like.
- Listen to that little boy or girl inside, every day — and act on what he or she has to say. When we were in kindergarten, we all raised our hands when the teacher asked if there was an artist in the room. Somehow, many of us forgot how to express ourselves creatively.
- Patience, kindness and love wins the race. If you’re employing other means to get ahead, choose another race.
- Live to learn — and be the dumbest person in the room. In other words, surround yourself with people who share their intelligence, and never stop asking them how and why. (Oh, and read The Economist.)
- Standing still breeds crisis. Instead keep asking “what’s next?” And prepare.
To my New York family — from friends, to clients, to leaders in this field — I “thank you” for keeping me around. I love you and this life you’ve made possible, to which my own personal family says thank you, too.
Mr. Wunderman, look what we’ve done to your song.