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Don Draper

From Branding, Business
British illustrator, Brian Sanders, recreates 1960s feel for Mad Men Season 6 poster.

Mad Men Season 7 is upon us. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Mad Men is set in the 1950's and 1960's on Madison Avenue where the self-proclaimed "mad men" are defining modern-day advertising.

Don Draper is a self-made ad man with a silver-lined career and a personal life that often resembles a car crash. Aside from the spectacle of Don's personal life, it is always interesting to hear the ideas and pitches Don comes up with for his iconic clientele and their products.

Here are 3 of our favorite Don Draper quotes that are sure to inspire you:

1. "Success comes from standing out, not fitting in."

Sounds just about right, doesn't it? It's easy to say, but often takes a lot of thought, insight, and sometimes courage to zig while others are zagging.

2. "If you don’t like the conversation, change it."

The most important thing you can do for your business, is embrace change. Just because your branding looks a certain way or your copywriting sounds a certain way doesn't mean you have to be stuck there. If it's not working for you, change it. Don't get stuck in the past.

3. "Just think about it deeply, then forget it… then an idea will jump up in your face."

Let's face it, being creative all the time is hard. As professionals we expect great ideas to flow like wine between 8am and 5pm. In reality, creativity doesn't work that way. We will often spend time in the deep trenches of an idea, thought, or concept only to come out empty-handed.

The solution often comes into being outside of the confines of office hours or an official brainstorm. Ideas flow when you least expect them to. That's just how it works. Don knows it, we know it, and now you know it too.

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