What are you thankful for?
I’ve come to realize that so much of what I’m most grateful for has a thread connecting it:
I’m most grateful for second chances.
It’s so overwhelming when thinking about it, especially while preparing for another Thanksgiving week.
There’s a very simple formula for gratitude:
Second chances + appreciation = gratitude.
These second chances can materialize in all kinds of ways.
In January, my mom tested positive for Covid, but the first dose of the vaccine likely saved her, contributing to a mild case with no ‘long Covid’ after-effects. Despite all the lives lost, the quick development and rollout of the vaccines is one of the greatest scientific miracles any generation alive today has witnessed.
It doesn’t take a modern miracle to inspire gratitude though.
In March 2020, I was working with a company targeting brick-and-mortar retailers and had landed a contract with an event organizer; these were the kinds of businesses that were hit hard with the pandemic, so my business was affected in turn.
In 2021, I’ve spent most of the year working with the stellar team at WITHIN (see last week’s edition for more on that), and beyond enjoying the work that I do and the people I get to collaborate with, I appreciate the work even more given how last year went. You don’t take second chances at meaningful work for granted. You learn survival skills that you’ll never forget.
This year was a rebuilding year for personal relationships too. Winding up in a different family structure this Thanksgiving than I was in last year, it was a year of learning how to adapt. I came to appreciate the meaning of the word “partners” even when the partners aren’t living under the same roof.
That also meant recognizing what it means to fear failure, but that’s only because we’re culturally attuned to prioritizing consistency over change. When consistency is synonymous with complacency, that fear prevents opportunities for everyone involved to grow.
Such a rebuilding year requires relearning how to forge new relationships, all while taking time to better understand others and better understand yourself. There are opportunities to not make the mistakes you might have made in the past. Few forms of gratitude are more salient than the gratitude gained from overcoming fear, and few fears are harder to overcome than the fear of failure.
One of the downsides of being an experiential learner is that I feel like I’ve made all the mistakes – personal, professional, and every other kind. I’ve fallen so many times that I’ve wondered how I offended gravity so much. Is gravity determined to teach me a lesson?
The biggest mistakes that I’ve been able to avoid were those that I witnessed others make. I could course-correct. While I could have done without witnessing some of those – or being on the receiving end of a few that stand out – I’m grateful to have those mishaps as the teachers that gave me a shot at bettering myself and being a better person for those around me.
I’m a marketer writing for marketers, so I couldn’t help thinking about the tie-in to the profession, and a revelation struck me.
Marketing is the science of second chances.
We’re like Major League baseball players, but far worse. The best pro hitters in the world miss the ball most of the time. Marketers, by comparison, rarely even see the ball coming. We’d kill for a .275 batting average when we’re rocking a 0.8% click-through rate.
Even with the best plans, most of it won’t work. Most journalists won’t respond to our pitches. Most event attendees who bother to show up won’t care about what we do. Most people won’t open this very email – or any other, and very few will click anything in it.
I’d love to say prove me wrong by having you respond to this email with a simple “Hi,” but I already know that most of you who opened it and got this far won’t. I could get you a seat between Elon Musk and Taylor Swift on a trip to a space station, and most of you will be skimming over this while you wonder if this season of “Succession” is any good.
All marketers need to learn humility early and often. I may not love most of Musk’s tactics or tweets, but I would not call a Tesla or anything else a product that markets itself.
We’re so used to striking out that we need to spend more time appreciating the moments when what we’re doing works.
We can all benefit from gratitude.
This past weekend, I got to see Dave Matthews Band wrap their tour at Madison Square Garden. It was a packed house indoors with proof of vaccination and ID required; I know attending something like that does not suit everyone’s comfort level right now.
As the band jammed on into the night, I kept getting lost in the music and looking around.
I saw the nation’s largest city, a city that I stayed put in nearly every single day since March of last year, get a second chance at bringing people together.
When Dave Matthews thanked members of his crew, often by name, it sounded even more poignant given that the roadies could have lost their whole livelihood. The beer and t-shirt sellers, the Garden’s cleanup crew, the security staff – they all got second chances.
Being surrounded by 20,000 strangers while standing next to someone who brought so much levity and brightness to the evening, I was grateful that we all got the chance to be there that night. I looked around me and felt humbled. As I left the event, I told my friend who brought me, “I don’t ever want to forget the overwhelming feeling of gratitude I felt tonight.”
That’s not how I normally remember concerts feeling, but my first concert in years and my first event in years back at Madison Square Garden – a 10-minute walk from my home – felt anything but ordinary.
We’re here. We’re present. We get another crack at Thanksgiving.
We get a chance to remember thanksgiving is an activity we can choose to engage in.
The only American holiday name that’s a gerund is so powerful a reminder that it carries the weight of a commandment. Even if it could be so ordained, how we engage in thanksgiving is one of the most personal choices we can make.
First chances are harder to appreciate. I envy those who can get things right the first time. Most of us can’t most of the time, and when it happens, there usually isn’t as much we can learn from it.
There’s so much I wish I didn’t have to learn the past 600 or so days, but I’ll be damned if I won’t do something with that knowledge.
The first thing I’ll do with it is simple, but profound:
I’ll be grateful for it.
Happiest of Thanksgivings ahead to you, your families, and your friends. Even for those who may be on other shores, may you join us in raising a glass or a drumstick or green bean and sharing in our gratitude.
With my deepest thanks to you and appreciation for the second chances you’ve given me and my writing,
PS: Speaking of gratitude, I learned as I was publishing this about the passing of an industry icon, John Durham. I checked my contact file to see if I recorded where I met him. After a note about how he moderated my iMedia panel in 2016, I had added these words: “Class act, nice guy, and a very big deal.” He was way more than that to so many of us, and I look forward to hearing more of his Durhamisms as his friends celebrate his life.
Even those of us who barely knew John can be grateful for his wisdom, kindness, and generosity. My friend who I went to the concert with was talking about how everyone is special, but some have that extra spark, and those remarks keep echoing in my head as I see the tributes to John pour in.
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