Celebrating success


Do Australian and New Zealand small businesses celebrate success enough?

I ask this with a cup of tea in one hand and my other perched over a laptop just 24 hours after my organisation’s success at the 2011 Telstra Business Awards on Friday night.

Tea and a laptop? What sort of celebration is that? My business m.a.d.woman won the Yellow Pages Award for being judged Australia’s most Socially Responsible Business. Surely that calls for champagne. Every day for at least a week.

The reality is, that when you run your own show, there aren’t always enough hours in the day to celebrate wins. Often business owners are immediately caught up in their next pressing business project or issue.

Okay, so I did let my hair down for a few hours after the award was announced, and took time out today to recover. I also took a couple of days out of my business to take part in the awards and when I got back home, the inbox was overflowing and the messages mounting.

My normal response would be to power through the lot and ‘clear the decks’ to start the week ahead.

This time, I’ve changed my mind. I’m doing the top three items and the rest can wait. I’m getting myself a glass of bubbly. And maybe I’ll even have another one tomorrow with some of the team… This is one win really worth celebrating!

How do you celebrate success? Do we pat ourselves on the back enough?

  • Melinda – congrats on your award on Friday night. I was at the awards and you are an awesome winner. Your story inspired all of us. Well done!

    Now to your question – do we celebrate business success enough? I don’t believe we do. One of the great things about the business awards is that it does just that – celebrates small and medium businesses who are the growth engines of our economy. As a nation we should celebrate people like you a lot more.

    Within our business we’ve made “Enjoy – Love Your Work” one of our 6 values. We did this because we believe you have to enjoy the journey – not just wait for a destination. It is so easy to not celebrate the accomplishments along the way and, as you say, get caught up in the next pressing business issue. But I believe you’ll get a lot more done next week if you take a bit of time this week to celebrate what you’ve just accomplished.

    Well done! Enjoy the bubbles. You deserve it. Love Your Work!

  • Thank you for your lovely comments Tim!

    It’s taken me this long to get back to you because I took your advice and actually spent some time celebrating. I’ve spent time with people I haven’t spent enough time with of late and really enjoyed it.

    You are so right about the importance of loving your work. I don’t have a job – instead a life I love. Love your work? I totally do!

    I’m now getting on with making a difference and looking forward to crossing paths with you in the near future.