Well, it's that time of year again.
It was about this time last year that I got a letter from the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce, the driving force behind the Centre Wellington Community and Business Awards of Excellence, informing me that I was a nominee for the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
It seems that this year I've been nominated once again.
Those of you who are close to me know that I feel very uncomfortable being singled out for personal acheivements like this, that I would much rather let others have the limelight, and that it's about being a part of a great team that brings true satisfaction and success. For the first year that I ran Grinder Productions I didn't even put my name on the posters, as I saw no real need to. I still don't, but apparently it's prudent marketing, so I allow it, but still, it's all a little weird for me.
I didn't think I still qualified as a youth anything, but apparently if you're under 30 and running your own business that is somehow an accomplishment in and of itself these days. Personally, I think they should call this the Youth Business of the Year Award, which would make it more about the company than about the person. Grinder has only been a real success when others have been there to share in the experience, and if there's any recognition to be handed out I would have been more comfortable if it had been extended to include all the people who make the company successful to any degree.
Still, as they say, it's an honour just to be nominated. I didn't win last year. I don't think I will win this year either, there are too many other people in this town in my age bracket who are just as deserving. But if I do, it will be because of the help, support and patronage of all of you.