The Hot Mommas Project is an award-winning women’s leadership research venture housed at the George Washington University School of Business, Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence and I won the 2011 “History Maker” category of The Hot Mommas Project annual global Case Study Competition.
Impressive sounding isn’t it? But, I lost the overall competition, as did the 2nd and 3rd place winners. So, depending on your perspective the 4 of us (there was a tie for 3rd place) are losers.
Perspective is the real determinant of whether you’re a winner or a loser.
My mother (RIP) would congratulate me, hug me and ask me lots of questions about what it means. (BTW, I don’t really know yet.) But her opinion or perspective of me after winning wouldn’t have changed. You know how it is with the vast majority of parents, your feelings about your kids are immutable.
Who Decides If I’m A Winner Or Loser?
I’m proud of myself that I completed the process to be a Hot Momma’s case study competitor and I’m happy that I won the “History Maker” category.
Granted, I would have been disappointed if I hadn’t won; but not winning would not, by any stretch of the imagination, have made me a “loser”.
At the end of the day it’s me, my viewpoint, that determines how I feel about myself. For me, that’s another gift of aging. I now know that extrinsic awards – or lack thereof – do not define who I am. I do.
The awards are just the extra sweet icing on this delicious Cherry cake. It feels so-o good to be in a place in my life where I believe in myself and like who I am. Whoo- hoo!
Want you to know, I also believe in you.