The other day I sent out an invitation for the annual summer birthday party of my company, Blue Penguin (8 years).
I invite everyone who subscribes to my twice-monthly newsletter, with a simple offer: Come to a local (fantastic) outdoor ice cream place, chat with other folks for a couple of hours, eat great ice cream. All my treat. Pretty good deal all around.
The first one I did was in 2005, at my five year anniversary. My coach had harassed me (as she always does) with the question: “How are you going to celebrate this achievement?” And so the ice cream party was born.
I’ve come to learn that celebration — particularly when you work alone — is an important part of running a business. It’s easy to just move from one project to the next, or to think to yourself that you’re “not quite there yet.”
Thanks to my coach’s relentless prodding, I’ve come to find that there are always things worth celebrating. So, how about you? How are you going to celebrate…..?