success in 2009 – part 2

here’s part 2 of my social media friends’ nonmonetary successes in 2009: (the ones with the @ are people’s twitter accounts).ย ย  part 1 is here.

darren barefoot: i wrote half a book, which, it turns out, is a shocking amount of work.

hamish: two of my former clients (and now friends) successfully landed new jobs thanks in part to some extensive CV rewriting that i did for them – it was great to see the constructive criticism received well, taken on board and integrated into the finished product. it was then gratifying of them to keep me posted on how their job search progressed – net result, two great people in new jobs doing great things for their new employers!

vivien (@inspirationbit on twitter): my biggest success and the proudest achievement in 2009 was to teach my daughter how to read. so now, at the age of four she’s already fluently reading in english on her own, and we now started learning french with her ๐Ÿ˜‰

jonathon narvey from writeimage: learning and understanding more about how organizations (business, non-profit, whatever) succeed. i’m very grateful to those who have shown me how to get it done. it seems as though some of the greatest lessons you can learn in this field come much easier when times are tough. and it’s not just important to understand these things to make a buck — it’s important to understand them so that you can truly enjoy and remain passionate about the work.

probably the most important lesson, which i had heard many times but perhaps never truly internalized until recently, was the importance of working with good people. you just can’t do it all yourself. when you’ve got good, talented people all working in an organized way towards a common goal, success is inevitable.

dan: teaching my kids things they ask about and hearing them say “c-o-o-o-l”

dave: my success really was regaining my independence. i was in a relationship for nearly 3 years, 2 of which we lived together. to escape some costs and administrative burden, i didn’t have a copy of our joint credit card and our chemistry wasn’t where it needed to be in order for me to be 50% of our relationship. i didn’t get lost in the relationship, but i got lost because of it. i didn’t realize this until a month or so after leaving – regaining my independence came out of nowhere to be my biggest success and i didn’t even see it coming.

@evanhadkins written lots of stuff, survived a new job with zero support, maintained healthy relationship despite working 6-6.5 days a week

@barkingunicorn learned to let go of money, possessions, home, people, worry.

@mollena i was awarded the title @mssfleather2009. i performed in the most difficult and wonderful show i’ve ever done. i’m still sober.

brenda blackburn: my biggest non-monetary success of 2009 was the live meeting startup and growth of the DVT support group of the lower mainland (held in burnaby, bc). “deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that usually occurs in the leg, most often on one side, although it can happen in other parts of the body. if the blood clot dislodges, it can travel to the lungs and cause a blockage known as a pulmonary embolism (PE) or lung clot. lung clots affect over 530,000 people a year and 300,000, or almost 1 out of 3, are fatal.” “national alliance for thrombosis & thrombophilia (NATT), USA. in this group of “survivors” and supporters we support, educate and advocate. as the first known live support DVT group in canada, (with no other provincial or national DVT patient organization existing to date), we are striving to make a difference at a grassroots level. we hold affiliations with vancouver general hospital, burnaby hospital, the north american thrombosis forum, peernetbc, and more.

want to tell us what your success was?

4 thoughts on “success in 2009 – part 2

  1. WillSpirit

    What a great concept! Acknowledging non-monetary successes. Mine came at the very end of 2009, when I finally remembered spiritual truths that seemed obvious to me 10 years ago. Just the simple but important facts of universal love, cosmic unity, and creation’s rightness. But until recently, I had forgotten. It’s hard to overstate what a difference recovering those beliefs has made. Your post made me recognize this as a success. Best wishes for the coming year!.
    .-= WillSpirit´s last blog ..Truth or Dare? =-.

  2. isabella mori

    will – one of the interesting things that came out of this was to see how people define success, what they see as counting as success, and what constitutes “non-monetary”.

    recovering those beliefs must have been quite an extraordinary moment. would love to hear more about it!
    .-= isabella mori (@moritherapy)´s last blog ..success in 2009 รขโ‚ฌโ€œ part 2 =-.

  3. Dara Bell

    I agree with Isabell Mori how does one define success, one person may feel teaching your daughter to read is success, I feel it is.

    I also feel I agree with Will Spirit and go one step further you have to stack positives up in your life. These eventually affect other areas of your life.

    @DaraghBell (for you social media types)

  4. inspirationbit

    Thanks for putting this together, Isabella. It is very interesting and eye-opening to see how other people define success.

    For me, teaching my four-year-old daughter how to read was definitely the proudest success of 2009. The whole world is opened to her now. Nothing can beat the feelings of pride and joy when I see my little girl passing by the toys section of the store and heading straight to the books section: “Mama, can I choose and read a book here while you shop?” she asks me. Of course, she can. Sometimes I buy her the chosen book if she really likes it and if we can afford it, other times we put it back and leave the store.
    The only problem we have is the overflowing book shelves in my daughter’s room, we definitely need to get more shelves (more frequent trips to the library also help) ๐Ÿ˜‰
    .-= inspirationbit´s last blog ..Striking Web Sites with Font Stacks that Inspire =-.

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