If you ever have doubts as to what you can accomplish, thinking “I’m only one person,” or I could do that if only I were rich, had better connections, had a better start in life, wasn't battling illness, then consider Metropolis, Illinois. Joe and I visited this little city back in 2009. The population was listed as 6,482 people—not exactly a teeming “metropolis.” Yet they have created a tourist mecca that generates a great income.
On June 9, 1972 they got the Illinois State Legislature to pass a resolution declaring their city the official home of Superman. They then proceeded to erect a large Superman statue and created a museum filled with Superman memorabilia. They started a yearly tradition of holding a Superman festival the second weekend in June.
Seeing the new influx of tourists, along came Harrah’s and built a huge casino in the town, attracting more folks looking for a fun time.
Joe is a huge fan of Superman, so we had to stop there to view the Superman statue and museum on our way to St. Louis and Kansas City. So this tiny city of only a few thousand people attracted tourists from as far away as New York with their kitschy idea. Not a bad feat for a little burg. So think of that the next time you’re working on a project and start to have self-doubts.