Getting My Fill of The “Villes”

Monday Morning Match is a quick post – maybe a quote, inspirational story or idea – intended to spark some motivation inside each of you so your week gets off to a fantastic start on Monday morning.

How ‘ville’ You Be Remembered?

Yesterday I drove from visiting my daughter Riley at Parent’s Weekend at the University of South Carolina in Columbia to St. Louis, Missouri where I will be speaking at the XplodeThis! Conference. The drive was a little over 750 miles and took just under 12 hours. During the trip, I drove through or passed an exit for 21 towns that have “ville” in their name.

For the record, I passed through/by…

  • Simpsonville
  • Jonesville
  • Greensville
  • Hendersonville
  • Wayneseville
  • Asheville
  • Seviervielle
  • Knoxville
  • Maryville
  • Crossville
  • Cookesville
  • Smithville
  • Gordonsville
  • Nashville
  • Clarksville
  • Hopkinsville
  • Eddyville
  • Carterville
  • Nashville (IL)
  • Okawville
  • Belleville

I have to say with after the first 4 or 5, every exit I passed I was looking to see if there was a “ville” in the name or somewhere nearby that used the favorite suffix of many Southern towns. I guess you could say that “Ville” was at the “top of my mind.” If there was a “________Ville,” I saw it, noticed it or heard it.

Do the math; every 35 miles was a town that ended in “ville”. Over the 12 hour trip, on average, every 34 minutes I passed a town with a “_____ville” in the name. There were 4 in South Carolina, 2 in North Carolina, 9 in Tennessee, 2 in Kentucky and 4 in Illinois. I’m sure if I kept driving in Missouri, I would have passed a few more.

How ‘…ville’ You Stay “Top of Mind”?

Imagine if your name, tagline or slogan was “top of mind awareness” as people drove through your neighborhood, town, city or state? What might happen to your business if “For Sale” signs around town had your name ringing in people’s heads?  How could your business explode if everyone in your area knew who you were and what you did?

It kind of makes you realize why it’s some important to build relationships, solve problems, and have fun this week, doesn’t it?




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