Winning a Stevie Award. What are We Really Celebrating Anyway?

Winning a Stevie Award. What are We Really Celebrating Anyway?

This week I have been in New York attending the 20th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business are the world’s premier business awards for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organisations they run. It is like the Academy Awards for business.

I am so delighted to share my results from the Stevie Awards:

I am celebrating. I am enjoying the moment. I am making the most of it. I am basking in the warmth of knowing that I earned these awards. And yes, I am telling the world, because not only are these awards an endorsement of the work that I do, not only are they recognition of being among the best in a world-class group of peers, they are so much more.

Most overnight successes take more than overnight.

For me, these Stevie Awards are so much more than a quick win. They are also a recognition and acknowledgement of:

➤ hard work

➤ focused effort

➤ clarity of purpose

➤ vision for the future

➤ strategic thinking

➤ highs

➤ lows

➤ long hours

➤ burning the candle at both ends

➤ consistency

➤ persistence

➤ insistence

➤ perseverance

➤ fails

➤ wins

➤ lessons

➤ progress

➤ obstacles

➤ challenges

➤ stumbling blocks

➤ naysayers

➤ falls

➤ brick walls

➤ collaboration

➤ innovation

➤ learning

➤ commitment

➤ dedication

➤ determination

➤ tenacity

➤ resilience

➤ contribution

➤ impact

➤ influence

➤ decision-making

➤ courage

➤ action taking

➤ follow through

➤ wrong turns

➤ disappointments

➤ sustained effort

➤ staying the course

➤ colleagues

➤ friends

➤ clients

➤ coaches

➤ mentors

➤ teamwork

➤ stretch

➤ growth mindset

➤ opportunity

➤ trial and error

➤ mistakes

➤ slow progress

➤ acceleration

➤ leaps and bounds

➤ twists and turns, fun, excitement

➤ faith

➤ empowerment

➤ credibility

➤ authority

➤ mastery

➤ being global

➤ endorsement

➤ validation

➤ confirmation

➤ importance

➤ possibility

➤ the future

➤ making a difference

➤ legacy

➤ helping others

➤ leadership

➤ creating the future

People ask me what does winning a Stevie Award mean?

So very much more than standing on a stage and receiving applause.

Have you ever achieved a significant milestone and wanted to acknowledge it to yourself, to recognise yourself, to take a moment to soak it all in, because it has been so much more than just that moment in time?

I’d love to know your thoughts.

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