My favorite Super Bowl commercials and the lessons they teach

I need to post one more thing about this year’s Super Bowl before I let it go. And as the headline gave away, I’m talking about commercials here.

My two favorite commercials from the Super Bowl can teach you just about everything you need to know about life, in my opinion.

The first one is, of course, the Dodge Ram one. I so relate to its message with the small business that I’ve poured my heart and soul into. I’m, in fact, throwing this post up from work — our paper has a special section this week, which means double the work, but when you can make a little extra money in the newspaper business, you suck it up, shut your mouth, and hide it away for a rainy day. (And for the snarky commenter in the back who asks why I’m posting this when I should be working? Well, big guy, the blog helps me get my name out and sell books. It also takes me about fifteen minutes to post, because, um, I’m a writer. This is what I do. By the way, exactly why are you so quick to criticize others? That’s really not cool, you know.)

My second favorite video contains another important life lesson. In short, have fun no matter where you’re at in your life. And tonight, work was made much more bearable because my bestie April Snellings stopped by to say hello for a few minutes. And just like in the video below, make sure you’re having fun. Don’t play the the typical misconception of a writer… You know, the one that goes like this… I’m a writer, which means I’m a loner;. As such, I have to sit in my basement and be miserable. I can’t have any friends or ever not be writing. Well pal (or gal), you’re missing out. And you’re probably not going to be successful.

Writers hang together. We uplift each other. We party and try to relax even when our books are rejected or aren’t selling well. And then the moment we’re done getting the encouragement (or space) that we need, we pick ourselves up and get back into the saddle. So, as the video shows below: You can (and should) have fun, regardless of what age you are!

So, what was your favorite commercial? And if you don’t mind, when you comment, go to youtube first, find the clip, and link to it in your comments. I’d love to see the one that meant something to you. Now, I’m back to work. Well, after I go grab that snarky punk back in the corner and have a few words with him out in the parking lot… Hopefully, we leave with a handshake and a smile, but sometimes people just have to learn the hard way. After all, it’s slipperier than hell out there right now. : )

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

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9 responses to “My favorite Super Bowl commercials and the lessons they teach

  1. Angi Agle

    “Brotherhood” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2prAccclXs
    You know me… that’s the obvious favorite.

  2. You know, Stan, I didn’t see either of those commercials. Must have been half-time when I went to act like I was doing something.

  3. The “God Made a Farmer” one… pokes me pretty good. The “Taco Bell” one… I’m not there yet. Yet. ;-)

  4. I love both of these! To write like Paul Harvey and party like a teen-ager when in the old folks home; what great aspirations!

  5. The Budweiser commercial had me in tears (http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=wPG7PcI67dE). I’ve listened to Paul Harvey since I first got a radio (circa 1965); he really got what living in Middle America was like. It was good to hear his essay on the farmer again, and Dodge did a very tasteful job of presenting it. (One acquaintance said he hated it, because he didn’t know what the commercial was “selling.” I think it had more to do with hating what Paul Harvey stood for.) I hadn’t seen the commercial with the old people, but it gave me a laugh.

    I didn’t watch the Super Bowl; to me, it simply means that pitchers and catchers report in a week. I grew up in Chicago when the Bears and my high school and college teams were awful…

    • Agreed, John. And the fact Dodge so undersold themselves on that commercial only further made me appreciate it. And it only further showed their respect for Paul Harvey, and hopefully, what they were trying to honor. Namely, farmers and hard work.

      And I’m going to have to eventually get into baseball. I played it about ten years as a kid, but professional baseball usually strikes me as too slow and stat crazy. (On the other hand, I DO like to watch college baseball… There seem to be more bases stolen, more bunts, more action all the way around…)

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