To Own Your Own Accomplishments

PatI was on a panel about a month ago and was talking with Whitney Johnson before I went on.  We were discussing the 40 Women to Watch over 40 that Whitney worked on with Christina Vuleta.  Whitney had nominated me for the list (and I am honored to be on it) and said that there was not much out there about me as I was not a big self promoter.  What she said to me right before I got on the panel was "it is important to own your own accomplishments."  It stuck. 

Not sure if that is a woman thing or just something that comes along with me.  I have never been great at owning my own accomplishments although I would give a young entrepreneur the exact advice that Whitney gave me.  It is important to toot your own horn as well as acknowledge and learn from your mistakes.  I am well aware of my lack of bravado when it comes to my own personal accomplishments.  Most people would probably think that is utterly ridiculous as from afar is seems as I should be tooting my horn daily.  This all goes under the heading, you know never what goes on in someones head.

I met a woman awhile ago and we discussed her career path.  She turned the tables on me asking me about mine.  She prodded me and pretty much poked fun of me in regards to not owning my own accomplishments.  There are a variety of reasons why I have not been great at that.  For any entrepreneur who has an issue with that I recommend that the first thing they do is work with a coach so I took my own advice and started to speak to someone. 

I have not learned anything new about myself (as you always know the inner reality) but I have learned how to look at things differently and think clearer about patting myself on the back.  I love what Whitney said.  Thinking I should make a big sign and hang it up in my office next to the other two posters that I have which say "get shit done" and "make mistakes".   Own your own accomplishments sits right up there on how to live your life.