I’ve never been much of a horn tooter, but I’m changing my tune lately. I grew up learning to accept praise modestly and win graciously. That’s fine, but in entrepreneurship you’ve got to learn how to be your own biggest fan.
I launched my business almost 2 years ago and since Meraki’s birthday, I’ve been a member of the Halifax and Region Military Family Resource Centre’s Entrepreneur Club. Every year the Club awards the Entrepreneur Spirit Award to one of the club members. Each club member is able to nominate one other member for the award, with past recipients not being eligible.
This year I submitted my nomination only to find out that individual had won several year before. Who do I choose next? I debated with myself prior to submitting my second round nominee, and I checked in with my BFF (best fitness friend) and one of my sisters. They both agreed with my choice and I sent the email before I could change my mind. So who did I nominate?
MYSELF! Yes, you read that correctly. I told my BFF and sister that if I didn’t win at least it would make a good blog post. BUT I WON! I won my first business award! I don’t know if anyone else in the club nominated me but I feel like this was a significant accomplishment because it shows that I believe in what I have chosen to do enough to take the risk of nominating myself for an award, (think about it…it is kinda risky, isn’t it?)
A strong belief in yourself is what you need to steer your business through the vast sea of competition out there. If you don’t believe that you or your product or skills are great, why would a client believe it? So, start telling yourself you’re great at what you do and believe that you are great at how you do it. Get out there and start tooting your own because no one else is gonna do it for you!