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Courage.

Diana Ermini
Today's fortune submitted by:
Diana Ermini

Boston, MA, USA

Diana Ermini, Head of Financial Institutions at Galileo Financial Technologies, excels in enterprise marketing and strategic execution. Known for enhancing financial services marketing, she has led significant projects and campaigns, consistently recognized as top talent within the industry.

The courage to be great lies deep within each of us.

Today's Marketing Cookie should humble and inspire you. You should be humbled because you already have the ability to achieve greatness. You should also be inspired today to be courageous. Yes, you have greatness inside you, but are you brave enough to be great? Maya Angelou once said, "Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently." It's true.


I believe that companies can be great too, but often lack the courage to try. The best companies encourage their employees to innovate, take risks, and empower them to be great. As a result, they dazzle us with bold, innovative products, they step beyond conventional thinking and are courageous in their marketing. Meanwhile, other companies harbor a culture of fear, dissidence, and ho-hum mediocrity. Their employees work in the company, but they don't work on the company. They avoid change, play it safe in their marketing campaigns and the company is unremarkable, unnoticed, and marginalized.


In the sixth grade, I got a deadly case of pneumonia and missed most of the school year. As a result, I was incredibly wimpy and scrawny, and with any form of exercise, I would quickly become short of breath. I didn't play any sports for years during my recovery. By the ninth grade, I could run without gasping and wanted to learn how to play basketball! I couldn't dribble or shoot, but I really wanted to play.


My mother got a job as the headmaster for a private school in Attleboro, MA so I could be enrolled there as a student. Unfortunately, there wasn't a gymnasium at the school or a basketball team. Before and after school, the guys were always playing basketball in the school play yard. So, I made a deal with them. If I could start a team, they agreed to teach me how to play.


So, I ran for President of the student government promising that if I were elected, I would start a basketball team for the school, and I won by a landslide. Next, I presented our desire to start a basketball team to the school board and they said, "You may start your team as long as it doesn't interfere with education or cost the school any money."


We held several car wash fundraisers and several parents donated money. The dad of one of the guys was a Sergeant for the Pawtucket Police Department and he signed up to be our coach. Soon afterward, we were granted permission to use the gymnasium at another Junior High School. A local screen-printing company made up some T-shirts for us too. Before we knew it, we had games booked with other high schools in the area. We had the courage within each of us to create a team and we had done something great!


I believe that you and the people you work with in your company will accomplish greatness if you'll only be courageous enough to try!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie

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Inspiration

Percent Daily Values are based on the essential nutrients required to maintain a healthy mindset, fostering success in your marketing, prosperity in your career, and fulfillment in your life.

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Diana Ermini

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Boston, MA, USA

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