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Die Young, As Late As Possible

December 2018 Thoughts that Count: 

“I once heard it said of man that the idea is to die young, as late as possible.” — {Former President George W. Bush in the eulogy for his father, President George H. W. Bush}

Former President George W. Bush delivered an emotional eulogy about his father, former president George H.W. Bush, during his funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington on December 5th.

The following is a transcript of his remarks, as distributed by George W. Bush’s office and lightly edited by The New York Times.

FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Distinguished guests, including our presidents and first ladies, government officials, foreign dignitaries, and friends: Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I, and our families, thank you all for being here.

I once heard it said of man that “the idea is to die young as late as possible.”

At age 85, a favorite pastime of George H.W. Bush was firing up his boat, the Fidelity, and opening up the three-300 horsepower engines to fly — joyfully fly — across the Atlantic, with Secret Service boats straining to keep up.

At 90, George H.W. Bush parachuted out of an aircraft and landed on the grounds of St. Ann’s by the Sea in Kennebunkport, Maine — the church where his mom was married and where he’d worshiped often. Mother liked to say he chose the location just in case the chute didn’t open.

In his 90’s, he took great delight when his closest pal, James A. Baker, smuggled a bottle of Grey Goose vodka into his hospital room. Apparently, it paired well with the steak Baker had delivered from Morton’s.

To his very last days, Dad’s life was instructive. As he aged, he taught us how to grow old with dignity, humor, and kindness — and, when the good Lord finally called, how to meet him with courage and with joy in the promise of what lies ahead.

One reason Dad knew how to die young is that he almost did it — twice. When he was a teenager, a staph infection nearly took his life. A few years later he was alone in the Pacific on a life raft, praying that his rescuers would find him before the enemy did.

God answered those prayers. It turned out he had other plans for George H.W. Bush. For Dad’s part, I think those brushes with death made him cherish the gift of life. And he vowed to live every day to the fullest.

Dad was always busy — a man in constant motion — but never too busy to share his love of life with those around him. He taught us to love the outdoors. He loved watching dogs flush a covey. He loved landing the elusive striper. And once confined to a wheelchair, he seemed happiest sitting in his favorite perch on the back porch at Walker’s Point contemplating the majesty of the Atlantic. The horizons he saw were bright and hopeful. He was a genuinely optimistic man. And that optimism guided his children and made each of us believe that anything was possible.

He continually broadened his horizons with daring decisions. He was a patriot. After high school, he put college on hold and became a Navy fighter pilot as World War II broke out. Like many of his generation, he never talked about his service until his time as a public figure forced his hand. We learned of the attack on Chichi Jima, the mission completed, the shoot-down. We learned of the death of his crewmates, whom he thought about throughout his entire life. And we learned of his rescue.

And then, another audacious decision; he moved his young family from the comforts of the East Coast to Odessa, Texas. He and Mom adjusted to their arid surroundings quickly. He was a tolerant man. After all, he was kind and neighborly to the women with whom he, Mom and I shared a bathroom in our small duplex — even after he learned their profession — ladies of the night.

Dad could relate to people from all walks of life. He was an empathetic man. He valued character over pedigree. And he was no cynic. He looked for the good in each person — and usually found it.

Dad taught us that public service is noble and necessary; that one can serve with integrity and hold true to the important values, like faith and family. He strongly believed that it was important to give back to the community and country in which one lived. He recognized that serving others enriched the giver’s soul. To us, his was the brightest of a thousand points of light.

In victory, he shared credit. When he lost, he shouldered the blame. He accepted that failure is part of living a full life, but taught us never to be defined by failure. He showed us how setbacks can strengthen.

None of his disappointments could compare with one of life’s greatest tragedies, the loss of a young child. Jeb and I were too young to remember the pain and agony he and Mom felt when our 3-year-old sister died. We only learned later that Dad, a man of quiet faith, prayed for her daily. He was sustained by the love of the almighty and the real and enduring love of our mom. Dad always believed that one day he would hug his precious Robin again.

He loved to laugh, especially at himself. He could tease and needle, but never out of malice. He placed great value on a good joke. That’s why he chose Simpson to speak. On email, he had a circle of friends with whom he shared or received the latest jokes. His grading system for the quality of the joke was classic George Bush. The rare 7s and 8s were considered huge winners — most of them off-color.

George Bush knew how to be a true and loyal friend. He honored and nurtured his many friendships with his generous and giving soul. There exist thousands of handwritten notes encouraging, or sympathizing, or thanking his friends and acquaintances.

He had an enormous capacity to give of himself. Many a person would tell you that Dad became a mentor and a father figure in their life. He listened and he consoled. He was their friend. I think of Don Rhodes, Taylor Blanton, Jim Nantz, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and perhaps the unlikeliest of all, the man who defeated him, Bill Clinton. My siblings and I refer to the guys in this group as “brothers from other mothers.”

He taught us that a day was not meant to be wasted. He played golf at a legendary pace. I always wondered why he insisted on speed golf. He was a good golfer.

Well, here’s my conclusion: He played fast so that he could move on to the next event, to enjoy the rest of the day, to expend his enormous energy, to live it all. He was born with just two settings: full throttle, then sleep.

He taught us what it means to be a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was firm in his principles and supportive as we began to seek our own ways. He encouraged and comforted, but never steered. We tested his patience — I know I did — but he always responded with the great gift of unconditional love.

Last Friday, when I was told he had minutes to live, I called him. The guy who answered the phone said, “I think he can hear you, but hasn’t said anything most of the day. I said, “Dad, I love you, and you’ve been a wonderful father.” And the last words he would ever say on earth were, “I love you, too.”

(December 5, 2018, The New York Times)

3 Ways Market Research Drives Revenue

 Market Research
Vikas Mittal is a Professor of Management at the J. Hugh Liedtke Business School at Rice University.  His recent article, 3 Ways Market Research Drives Revenue, published by the American Marketing Association is worth reading.  He details the three different ways market research and analytics improve sales, margins, and EBITDA:
1. Market Research Directly Increases Sales
2. Investments in Analytics Increase ROI, Sales and Profitability
3. Market Research Increases Firm Value.
Click here for the article.

Ideas that Generate Results

Social Media HelpBlogs and newsrooms are wonderful places to share content with your current and potential clients. You can provide information about your company, share a solution to a problem or industry insight. There are no limits to the topics you could cover, but where to begin?
Click here for a great article on researching ideas that generate results.

How Do Entrepreneurs Make Successful Marketing Decisions?

At NextLevel Thinking, we primarily work with entrepreneurs to develop and implement an overall marketing strategy.  Time and time again we see many of our clients struggle with making decisive marketing decisions.  Lois Gellar, a fellow marketer, contributed an interesting article to Forbes a few years ago that tackles this very issue.  She offers the following tips and expands upon each in her article:

– Don’t sweat the small stuffdecision making

– Never stop asking “Why?”

– Choose a do-able objective

– Decide to try something new each year

Click to read Lois’ thoughts.  We think her insight is spot on!

Incorporate Video

Everyday, people watch hundreds of millions of hours of videos on YouTube and 3. 8 billion videos on Facebook. If you aren’t incorporating video into your marketing mix, then you need to rethink what you are doing.

 

Click Here for 10 Ways B2B Marketers Can Incorporate Video into their Content Marketing Strategy.

NLT on Texas Business Radio!

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Matt Register and Jay Curry of Texas Business Radio for a Marketing Best Practices show!

It airs this Saturday at 8am on KPRC AM950 and is also available on the iHeart App for your computer, tablet or phone.  So, if you’re out running around tomorrow morning, tune in to KPRC AM950 at 8am.

A big thanks to Matt and Jay for the opportunity and for making the experience fun and super easy!

Who Did Your Website?

Last week we announced our newly created website. The response was really positive and uplifting for us.  In fact, it was a little overwhelming!

“WHO DID YOUR WEBSITE?”

That was the most common question that we received.  And our answer…

“WE DID?”

So, thanks very much to each of you that took the time to respond!!!

If you haven’t had the chance to see our new site, Click Here to experience our fresh new look, user-friendly navigation and a description of our Houston based strategic marketing firm through the eyes of our clients.

https://www.yournextlevel.cc/who-did-your-website/

March 2012 Thoughts

The March 2012 Thoughts That Count from NextLevel Thinking: The Objective of Marketing “The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well that your product or service fits him and sells itself.” {Peter F. Drucker}