Then I started meeting a few of the natives. And saw what they were doing with their free time.
Up and down my street, and in office after office at work, I met people who worked hard. And played even harder.
I met people who plotted and planned out every minute of their evenings, weekends and vacations like it just might be their last.
They mountain biked, kayaked, fly fished and tent camped in the summer.
They skied, went snowboarding, ice climbed and went snowshoeing in the winter.
Somewhere in there, they found time to take vacations to exotic resorts, desolate beaches and undiscovered four and five-star hotels in Asian and Eastern European cities I had never heard of.
In between trips and treks, they talked my ear off about their passions, and the latest travel and outdoor recreational brands that helped keep their adrenaline pumping.
And I began to understand the difference between a customer and a follower.
That brings us to your brand.
Have you created the kind of product or place that people can’t stop talking about? Is your brand worthy of someone’s full and undivided passion?
Do the people who follow your brand feel like you get them? Do you participate in their conversations enough to know what they love? And hate?
Do you wrap your brand in the same love that intoxicates your followers?
If so, I know 3 million people here in Colorado who can’t wait to meet and talk to you.
If you don’t, I know another 300 million Americans who can’t wait to ignore you.