Don Draper Wisdom

Don Draper doles out wisdom with a side of whiskey

Don Draper from Mad Men is the new hero of many salespeople. Partly because he is full of machismo, but mostly because he’s not afraid to tell customers the bold truth… usually because he’s been drinking since 9:00 a.m. Here are some of my favorite Don Draper quotes:

  • “Advertising is based on one thing, happiness. And you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of the road that screams reassurance that whatever you are doing is okay. You are okay.”
  • “I hate to break it to you but there is no big lie. There is no system. The universe is indifferent.”
  • “Just so you know, the people who talk that way think that monkeys can do this. They take all this monkey crap and just stick it in a briefcase completely unaware that their success depends on something more than their shoeshine. YOU are the product. You- FEELING something. That’s what sells. Not them. Not sex. They can’t do what we do, and they hate us for it.”
  • “If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.”
  • “They say as soon you have to cut down on your drinking, you have a drinking problem.”
  • “You want some respect? Go out there and get it for yourself.”

One Moore Thing: Whenever I’m at an impasse about how to solve a problem, I remember this quote: “Just think about it deeply, then forget it… then an idea will jump up in your face.”