Business women starting out: Find that faith in yourself!

Cambridge Business Mums Club Award Nominee Badge
Cambridge Business Mums Conference Nomination Badge

Business Wallflowers

Am I a self-effacing wallflower?

Self-effacing – what on earth?!?  I know, if anyone reading this actually knows me, they won’t believe I am saying those words about myself. But I am.

Last week I was honoured that KiddyCharts Printable Reward Charts was nominated for the Cambridge Business Mums Conference Best Start Up Award.  Someone else (bless them) did the nominating, and I am glad they did.

I didn’t make the short-list, but was very proud to have got where I did.

However, the process got me thinking about how I view myself. Particularly after the group’s networking blog, posted on the topic: Where’s the Confidence?.

Are we all just that little bit too hard on ourselves and our accomplishments.  Wallflowers that refuse to speak out about just how much we have actually managed to achieve.

Go nominate yourself

You see, I had refused to nominate myself; my website wasn’t launched so that meant I hadn’t actually managed to get anything done.

Thinking about it after the nomination, I realised that was utter rubbish.

I’ve been around for six months, and done a hell of a lot.

I’ve got the business this far with just my slightly frenetic business brain, my wonderful networking friends, my kids and my iPad. So here I am, displaying my badge with pride.

So perhaps next year, I won’t be so hard on myself and might actually have the *insert slightly rude word here* to nominate myself. And I hope that others like me will do the same.

Good luck to those left standing – I’m cheering you all on.

4 Comments

  • Helen, do you know what you won’t need to nominate yourself next year. I know of at least 6 of us that will be doing that for you! I would definitely encourage everyone to nominate themselves, Cambridge is a big place and if you don’t draw that little bit of extra attention to yourself somebody that really need your service or product might not discover you – see you are doing it for them not yourself, you are helping them with a solution to their problem. Now that’s something to shout about!

  • Helen, what a fantastic post!!

    Your website may not be up and running at the moment, but so what?? The very fact that you are out there and networking and pushing your business forward is the VERY REASON you were nominated in the first place.

    I was gutted for you that you didn’t get through to the finals. In fact, I was gutted for all that didn’t get through as I consider pretty much all of you that I know, to be my friends and I am honoured and priviledged to know you!!

    This may not have been your year, so far!! There are plenty of months left and there are more awards coming up .. this year is not over :-)

    And anyway, you can still be in contention for next year’s awards.

    And anybody else reading Helen’s blog … PUT YOURSELF FORWARD or nag somebody else to do it for you. Nominations never hurt anyone .. stand up and be counted.

    Helen, you are going to go far!! Believe!! :-)

    xxx

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