What is your Proudest Moment in Business?
Today's post was inspired by our Monday Mumpreneur Janice when she shared with us that her proudest business moment was the day she opened her first shop and she identified the exact moment as being when she turned the sign on the door to 'Open'.
What a moment!
For a lot us us reading that, we got a spine tingling feeling as we remembered our proudest moments.
I'd love to know what your proudest business moment (or moments) have been.
I have a few:
1. My first proud moment was graduating top of my class when I did my psychotherapy/hypnotherapy post grad diploma. As soon as I started the course, I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life and I wasn't going to let anything stop me from working as hard as I could. I ended up getting the highest marks ever recorded on the course - I was so proud. I knew this was the start of my journey into business. All I could think about was having my own private practise. That was 1993 - I've come a long way since then.
2. Strutting my stuff on stage at the NEC in Birmingham was a very proud moment. Scary but proud! I was a speaker at a National Health Conference and was alongside very well known names on the heath and well being circuit.
3. Being featured in Emma Jones book Spare Room Start Up - How to Start a Business From Home. We later drove down to see her speak at an event in England (it took us 4 hours to get there and after the event, we drove all the way back home). She's a special lady, we wouldn't have done that for just anyone. She then came up to stay with us and spoke at the Wigtown Book Festival the following year. It was lovely!
4. Being presented with my Business Mentor of the Year Award from The Prince's Trust was an awesome moment. Prince Charles was meant to present it himself but couldn't make it, so he sent one of his ambassadors at the time - Nicholas Whitchell lol. Nicholas was lovely. Peter and I were invited to the Polo club in Cheshire (where HRH plays) and we had a lovely dinner in a marque next to the pitch. It was a very special day.
5. Getting my publishing deal for my series of children's relaxation cds Magical Meditations 4 Kids. Oh My Goodness!! Proud and very, very exciting. I was very calm for ages and everyone kept saying to me "When are you going to start jumping about?" But, I'd been offered book deals before and they had always fallen through, so I didn't want to get too excited. The day the box arrived, I very calmly opened it and took out my complimentary copies, had a really good look at them and then shouted Yipeeeeeeeee!!! And we all did the Happy Dance around the kitchen lol.
6. I always feel proud when my clients make the massive changes they want, but I'm particularly proud of my younger clients who have often experienced more life in their short years than we ever will. And I feel very proud when I get emails and letters from former clients telling me how much I've inspired them. I keep those notes to look at when I really need them.
I would love for you to share your proudest moments in business - let's celebrate our successes together . . .
My most proud moment was when hanging up the phone after my first coaching client. What a thrill it was to know that I had really helped someone while doing so authentically and staying in tune to my inner guidance in the process. Thanks for allowing me to recall such a gratifying moment. 🙂
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Reading that made me want to jump up and down with delight.
I suggest to my clients that they keep a box of delight (somewhere to write down all the wonderful things that satisfied customers/clients tell them), now I think we need to find a way of remembering all the moments of pride.
Thanks for sharing Cindy
Wow, you’ve packed a LOT into your years in business! Inspiring 🙂
I’ve been in business for 2 & 1/2 years, and was reminded of why (and felt quite moved) when, after explaining the process to a new client, she put her hand on her heart and said, with eyes a bit damp, “I am SO relieved to be speaking to you. I’ve been worrying about this for months, and I never understood anything, but you’ve made it so clear & so easy” ….
She was talking about me doing her website for her!! (?!)
And it reminded me that there are many people out there for whom the internet & website are an enormously huge pile of fear… and that I’m good at simplifying things. And that made me feel good!
Thanks for asking us to share this…
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Thank YOU for sharing that – it’s so lovely!
You are the answer to your clients’ prayers.
There is a real skill in making something technical into an easy and understandable course – this is your talent. And clients love you for it.
For ‘newbies’ the web can be a VERY scary place. To find someone like you to hold their hand and make them feel safe through the whole process of coming on-line is a life saver. Keep up the wonderful work.
I’ve had several “proudest” moments, too!
I remember several during my career as a family counselor and addictions therapist. Getting my degree, and post-grad certification, getting my first job at an outpatient chemical dependency center, spearheading the development of a womens program at another job in an outpatient center.
Completing my training to be a Healing Codes healing practitioner and getting my certification for holistic health practitioner. And several other trainings for reiki, aromatherapy, crystals, hand analysis, etc.
And then, in my current incarnation, one of my proud moments as a personal style blogger has been seeing email notifications that people have purchased the online Dressing Your Truth course and realizing that I really can make money as a blogger!
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Wow – thanks so much for sharing all your awesome proudest moments. I’m so proud of you just reading them!!
I really relate to the latest one about seeing your email notifications of purchases. We have a little bell that we ring every time we get a new client or sell a product. It’s a way for us to celebrate and show gratitude to that person and the Universe for sending them to us.
Just the sound of the bell ringing is magical to me – it tells me I’m on the right path and that I’m helping people.
My husband always brings me a cup of tea in bed and he likes to bring the bell with him and ring it as he wakes me up – it always puts a smile on my face and starts my day on a fabulously positive note.
Thanks for sharing and thanks for reminding me,
Great post, love reading yours and others proudest moments.
Firstly, leaving my safe secure job many years ago and setting up my Textile business Suzie Cheel Handpainted originals
Writing my book Emergings and getting it published- yesterday sharing at a semonar and getting a sale- time to come out of the closet.
Wining awards for my art
Early on a Sunday morning that was fun
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Wow, a brave and scary move – well done you for leaving your ‘safe’ job. Congrats on your book and your wonderful sale yesterday Yay! You’re an Award Winning Artists – I hope that’s written in large letters on your site 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing all that – I’m so excited for you lovely lady.
Heather, you have so many wonderful ‘proudest moments’, thanks for sharing them and inspiring us all. Professionally, one of my proudest moments was when I was 21 and had set up my first craft business with the help of the Princes Trust and I was invited to meet Prince Charles at an exhibition in Liverpool, he admired one of my bird paintings and , coming from a painter, I nearly burst with pride. Another moment was opening my second shop in Ayr, with a very small budget and with six weeks to organise it, I was so happy . I think some of the proudest moments are when you achieve something that no-one thought you were capable of, especially if you had doubts yourself but ploughed on. Personally I’m quite proud of myself for staying true to myself and persuing my dreams rather than giving in and getting a ‘proper job’. I may never be rich but I have no regrets. Rosie.
Wow! Rosie – I can see why you are proud of yourself- Staying true to yourself and pursuing your dreams is not the easy option – I’m so impressed.
And yes, it’s so wonderful when we achieve something that no-one thought you were capable of.
So lovely to hear that HRH was impressed with your work – that’s special coming from another artist.
Have you ever seen his Christmas cards? He chooses one of his watercolours and it’s made into his official card to send out to his staff and charity volunteers etc. I’ve had a few from him over the years. I’ll look them out and bring them to our next Mumpreneur Networking Meeting to show you.
You’ve had several wonderful accomplishments – truly inspiring! For me, my single proudest professional moment thus far was earning my MBA degree while working full-time. Thanks for the opportunity to toot our own horn 🙂 BTW, I’m running a contest to help name my blog – it needs an update and the winner will get a $25 Amazon gift card. Just post your idea in the comment section at http://www.torconbooks.com. Thanks again!
Great idea to run a competition to name your blog. And congratulations for earning your degree while working full-time. I really appreciate what an achievement that is. And very hard work – well done you!
Whilst running a home and business as we all are trying to do, I have been learning to sing. I was asked to perform a Mozart duet with another performer at a concert a few weeks ago. I was terrified, I couldn’t believe that I had been asked or that I would manage it without wobbling!
The evening came, and as I walked to the stage I shook from head to foot, but as we started to sing my nerves fell away and I actually started to enjoy myself. I really did.
I was really proud of our performance, but the best comment came from my six year old little girl. She ran up and hugged me and with a thumbs up said ‘mummy you were brilliant!’ It was really something to see that she was proud of me!
A moment I won’t forget.
Thanks so much for sharing that with us. Hats off to you for well and truly pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. But the total icing on the cake was that wonderful and heart warming affirmation from your little girl. Those magical moments stay with us forever. Keep it deep in your heart for when you need it again x