Archive for September 2011
i was driving the other day and saw someone standing outside with a gigantic sign for one off those going out of business liquidation sales. i always felt really bad for them. it’s usually when it’s hottest and i’ve even seen some apartment complexes dressing people up in big bear-like costumes in the middle of july. that’s just mean.
so i kept driving and saw another guy holding a smaller sign. it said, “we buy gold.” he was advertising one of those stores that buy gold that keep popping up all over the place. i was thinking, “is that sign doing anything?” is someone going to be driving down the road, see the sign and be like, “OH YEAH!!! i got a whole bunch of gold in my trunk i need to sell!! thanks for reminding me, bro!” or, “man, this gold necklace my ex gave me is super heavy, i want to get rid of it, but i don’t want to throw it away or give it to anyone… wait a minute, what’s that sign? WHAT!?!?? they BUY gold?!?!?”
who are they trying to reach exactly? and why do they have to put this poor guy outside for this very pointless marketing strategy? really? REALLY?
there’s this scene in the pursuit of happyness that gets me every time:
man, that’s some powerful stuff. for those of you that didn’t/can’t watch the video. the scene is will smith’s character playing basketball with his son. the son says that he wants to go pro. the dad starts telling him he’ll probably be as good as the dad is, which isn’t that good so don’t go shooting the basketball on the courts all the time. the son, dejected, stops playing and throws the ball away. the dad then goes up to him and says, “don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something, not even me… you got a dream, you gotta protect it. people can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. you want something, go get it. period.”
man, that gets me every time. i wish i had that belief and confidence instilled in me when i was little. even after some jerk just crushed my dreams.
what’s your dream? go get it.