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Every wise man started out by asking many questions.

Katy Cook
Today's fortune submitted by:
Katy Cook

Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Katy Cook is the Policy and Procedure Coordinator at Ent Credit Union, with over 14 years of dedication to the credit union movement. She excels in maintaining and enhancing operational frameworks and standards, ensuring the credit union operates smoothly and effectively. Katy’s commitment reflects her deep belief in the principles and community impact of credit unions.

I met Katy in the DE program. Her generosity and vibrant sense of humor have a magical way of making everyone around her feel truly valued and appreciated.

Questioning Wisdom.

Today’s Marketing Cookie is about the value of transforming experiences into wisdom and the endless pursuit of questions.


Today's fortune correctly states that every wise man who has ever become so began by asking many questions. But this can be a bit deceptive. If you're curious, eager to learn, and ask a lot of questions, you'll amass heaps of information and data—and even if you memorize it all, you may become knowledgeable, but that's only the beginning.


While knowledge is gathered from studying, wisdom is earned through action, and often in the hardest way possible. Climbing the ranks of wisdom requires applying what you've learned in real-life situations and recognizing each misstep or failure, refining your approach for the next challenge. Ultimately, wisdom arises from the journey itself, forged by the willingness to reflect, adapt, and improve.


I once created a multi-channel lead generation strategy with segmented messaging and a multi-step nurture campaign for a client. A lot of work went into setting up the mechanics of the campaign. We had been successful with a plan just like this a few times before, and I just knew it would work again. The results, however, were only kinda good, and although the sales team was pleased with the leads, it wasn’t the earth-shattering, award-winning, breakthrough campaign I expected.


Later that year, we were asked to design another campaign for the same client. Call it wisdom or perhaps fatigue, but this time, we proposed a strategy with fewer moving parts—a simple, broad, high-level message that cut to the chase and was straight to the point. The result? In a word, incredible.


So, what made the difference?


While the first campaign strategy was based on years of tactical know-how and built on the experience of past successes, it made the incorrect assumption that all audiences require extensive nurturing and a complex, multi-step pathway to conversion. Had I asked more questions about their customers and the buyer’s journey, I would have recognized that some audiences already know exactly what they want and simply need to be presented with a straightforward, no-frills offer. This oversight led me to a crucial realization.


Today's fortune declares, "Every wise man started out by asking many questions." While this rings true at the outset, my journey through both triumphs and setbacks has shown that wisdom is not just made from experiences but also the continuous pursuit of inquiry. As wisdom based on the past can fool us, I would argue that a wise man must never stop asking questions.

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Katy Cook

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Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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