Thomas Edison noted that, "necessity is the mother of all invention." Necessity brings forth those willing to take on a challenge. Made in Michigan is willing to take on the challenge to bring forth the message of supporting Michigan first. We’re not the first to pioneer this effort and we won’t be the last either. However, it’s the size of our dream and daily diligence that separates us from others.
Our eyes are forward and we are not looking back. The Greek generals of ancient times would give the order to burn the boats once the soldiers were on shore. This would eliminate fear and any chance of self doubt. Victory is a must because our boats are ablaze.
The idea of reaching almost 10 million people with a message at first seemed overwhelming. We set goals and they were reached. We reset goals and they were obliterated. Now we find ourselves resetting the goals once again. It’s good to have this problem. 4,200 people in the first month seem to think we’re on to something. We anticipate over 10,000 people will have joined us in a united effort by March 1, 2009. All of a sudden, 50,000 people in our group by May 1, doesn’t seem beyond our reach. We’re that much closer to 1,000,000 Facebook users. We’re that much closer to the millions of Michigan people needed to make change.
People have already told us this is impossible. I firmly believe that our doubters actually want us to succeed. They want that one moment to say they knew all along that we would make it. We’re doing this for them too. The victory is big enough for all of us to share.
There is a Chinese proverb that states, “Fall down 99 times, get up 100.” We’re going to make mistakes. We already have. We’ve learned and moved on. We’re up and when we’re down, we’re still up. The daily arrival of compliments, suggestions and encouragement is nonstop. We simply cannot thank people enough. Your words are reminders of why we are doing this in the first place.
So we are taking our time and methodically making our moves. We’re being very selective with whom we partner with because we only want businesses of integrity. We only want to support businesses that not only share our beliefs but practice them. Your trust is most important to us. We are often asked what business we are in. We tell them the relationship business.
We’re already a success because of you. Continue to support this movement by inviting new friends. Start by changing your buying habits and encourage others to do so as well. Lead by example. During the month of February, visit one place in our state that you haven’t been to in awhile or have been putting off going to. Your choices make the difference.