"Never, never let others define you. You define yourself."

Emmitt Smith said that in his August 7, 2010 Football Hall of Fame induction speech.  You can read the speech here

I don't love football, but I do like the Dallas Cowboys - most seasons.  I typically wouldn't hunt for legal marketing/management metaphors on a sports channel in the fall of any year. But I think the life lessons Emmitt learned on and off the field (and that he shared on Saturday) are simple, practical and can apply to what we as legal marketers do every day.  Emmitt spoke of consistency.  And balance.  And he went on to say:

The first and most important principle is to be of service. The hardest service is for everyone. The second principle is we all need a championship strategy to guide us to help make those dreams come true. The third principle is, claim your inner champion. When you claim your inner champion, you will learn to see, hear and feel differently than others. So what I most want to convey here is, never, never let others define you; you define yourself.

So - legal marketers, from the most junior in your department to the Chief Marketing Officer, take Emmitt's advice.  You define the contribution you can make, you approach your role and responsibilities with consistency, you set and reach your high goals and standards, you define yourself.

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