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Last week, I learned that this very site made the Forbes Top 100 Websites for Your Career list.
There I was, minding my business and reading Facebook, when I read a status update that I was tagged in, congratulating me for making the list.
I’d be lying if I didn’t click the link, skip to Page 9 once I saw it went alphabetically, and start shaking when I saw myself there.
I remember when they were taking submissions via tweet, comment, or email, back in August I think. I had it bookmarked for a few days ’cause I wanted to do a “big push” and ask everyone I’ve ever spoken to to take a moment and let the author know about whenigrowupcoach.com…but it’s been such a busy time for me the deadline came and went. I know one person who tweeted about me (thanks Hannah!) – which is how I found out about the submissions – and I hoped that’d be enough to get on their radar.
I offered it up to the Forbes gods, so to say.
Then, I forgot all about it…until I saw that Facebook notification. I went a little nutso with the excitement, posting about it everywhere and essentially not being able to do my work for a couple hours.
It just felt really big, but more than that, it felt…
Ya know, so many people in our “online world” talk about the education and experience you need to be seen as an “expert.” And although I’m so proud of the decisions I’ve made and the route I decided to go to become The When I Grow Up Coach, at the heart of things I’m a former actress in my mid-30s with a BFA in musical theater who also has her life coaching certification.
No masters. No doctorate. No decades of experience.
But when Forbes goes through 2,000 (!) websites and deems yours – the one you’ve been working on and in for 5 years so, so diligently, so passionately, so focused on being valuable – part of the Top 100 in your field, it’s like that masters and that doctorate all rolled into one.
While I’m someone who is constantly looking ahead, planning and goal-creating and what’s-next-ing, I’m having this accomplishment be the pat on the back I need to realize I’m doing lots right.
We all need that external validation once in a while. This is mine.
When have you had someone recognize you for a job well done? What was it for, and how did it make you feel? Thinking back on that can show you your natural skill set and what makes you feel proud. All key things in finding and living your grown-up, passionate career! I’d love to hear about ‘em in the comments.Happy Hooplah