Let’s have a quick look at this. Both quotes are closely related.
Henry Ford (1921)
“Whether you think you can or you can't, you are right.”
~ Henry Ford
Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and the sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.
Although Ford invented neither the automobile nor the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford. In doing so, Ford converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity into a practical conveyance that would profoundly impact the landscape of the 20th Century. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As the owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)
Napoleon Hill (1937)
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
Napoleon Hill (1883 – 1970) was an American author and impresario who became an early producer of personal-success literature. At the time of Hill's death in 1970, his best-known work, Think and Grow Rich (1937) had sold 20 million copies. Hill's works insisted that fervid expectations are essential to increasing one's income. Most of his books were promoted as expositing principles to achieve "success". Hill was an advisor to two presidents of the United States of America, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. (Source: Wikipedia)
Focus on what you want to do and not on what you cannot do.
Or what else should I write to start this post? After all I have not posted often in recent years. Let's get started. Just quickly following up with a new story regarding PRINCE and then getting back to business as usual in forthcoming posts.
However, I likely will visit Paisley Park in the future when I come to the neighborhood. That might take a couple of years though. It's a fairly long trip from here — 4,700 air miles with at least 1 stop, minimum 12½ hours.
Distance Vienna, Austria to Minneapolis, MN, USA 4,700 miles
Prince News Resources
There is a plethora of dedicated sites and social media accounts to follow. A good start is the following one:
I am still speechless about this loss. No other Artist has entertained and at the same time influenced me so much. No other Artist that I came that close with - even though he was a Superstar from another continent, from another World. Those are very personal stories. Maybe at some point in the future I will reveal one or another.
Prince's Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN, USA 1991
photographed by myself
Thank you, Prince.
John W. Furst (formerly known as John Prince in the early '90s in New York City)
P.S.: Our last encounter 2 years ago when Prince performed a show on his 56th birthday on June 7th, 2014 in Vienna, Austria. Unforgettable.
Ultimate Prince Concert in Vienna on Prince's 56th birthday on June 7th, 2014
David Ogilvy (↑) is said to be the father of modern advertising in the early '60s who answered that exact question in an acclaimed full page house ad for his own advertising agency. Needless to say that the ad worked very well and established Ogilvy & Mather as the leading advertising agency for industrial advertising.
One of David Ogilvy's many tips for creating successful ads is: “Don’t Get Distracted from Making the Sale”
It sounds bizarre but many agencies with or without the help of their clients screw this up big time. Almost if selling were a bad thing. And whoever is ultimately held accountable for advertising that does not work in the short run has tons of logical reasons why this is actually good thing.
You might have heard these before: Advertising is supposed to build awareness, to establish brand identity, to create a community, …, etc. or in other words: The big sales will come sooner (or later) because of all those effects.
Of course advertising should not be treated as one dimensional exercise but making sales today ranks pretty high on my personal and on my client's lists of priorities.
In order to discuss latest trends as well as evergreen strategies I traveled to London, U.K. to the Biz Fest 2015 conference two weeks ago.
John W. Furst at Biz Fest 2015 in London, U.K.
Stay tuned for more tips about advertising that sells and related topicss. I'll be back soon. Just rearranging a lot what I am doing right now.
It has been a long while since I have written a blog post for the E-Biz Booster Blog here. So let's start with saying, “Hello, again!” And since it is this special time of the year I am adding a friendly, “Hope You Had Great Easter Holidays!”
But who cares? Do you?
Maybe you are only on this pages, because you wanted to read some gossip about Kim Kardashian. Look closely at the photo below - No Kim there. Sorry for that. I hope you are not too disappointed.
You can leave now or you can read on below and eventually learn something about advertising.
Happy Easter 2015 - No Kim Kardashian here (Sorry)
Using a celebrity name as link bait on the web is certainly not a new strategy and it wears out quickly.
However, my friend Phil Wrzesinski, a successful retailer in the USA, has many more proven tips and tricks in his tool bag.
And as you can guess from the link title, Phil is ready to share much more but he needs our help.
This is your chance to be in the book and to receive a free copy if you are picked.
But do not only click on the link above if you are a retailer. Advertising works for other types of businesses, too. And it's never wrong to look for new ideas outside your of industry. While you are on Phil's page make sure you also download his PDF guide on how to make your ads memorable (The link is in his post: ‘memorable’)