Robin. Accomplishments, Success, Significance

posted January 31st, 2012 by Janet Graham - Leave a Comment

I asked Robin to tell me about her proudest accomplishments at work. She said: “My proudest accomplishments in the early days were the designations and titles I received and the sales targets I met.  We used to get little gifts for being the highest producers in the office, that sort of thing, and I won many of those in the early days.  So those were fun, nice, trophy-like rewards. Probably the most extrinsic reward I ever had was being taken over by a large firm, which paid off nicely, but intrinsically it was mostly meeting targets and being the top salesperson, which happened a few times, or becoming a vice-president or director that sort of thing. Also, passing all the exams that were required over the years and over the years there were more and more of them.  We had to keep taking them and it’s kind of nice when you’re still able to pass them.”


I asked Robin to tell me what she considered her greatest success at work.  She said: “My greatest success would be giving a client the best advice and then winning as a result.  In other words, making a recommendation to a client and the client buying into it.  The first success is convincing them and then the situation working out so that they made a lot of money in their account or for the fund.  That would be a huge success and that happened quite often.”


I asked Robin to tell me what she considered her work of greatest significance. She said: “My work of greatest significance is my kids, my spouse, and my family.  That would be my greatest and most significant work, unquestionably. As difficult as all of this is, being a successful parent or a great parent is the most difficult thing, and we have good kids.  It’s so important when you’re shaping other people’s lives for the future to give it your best and that is really tough work. And balancing home life with work life is critically important. In and of itself this is probably my work of greatest significance.”


I asked Robin to tell me what’s next for her. She said: “That’s a really good question.  I have no idea.  I plan to stick with this for a while but I’m always entertaining other business ideas, other business-oriented ventures in the back of my mind.  I don’t have any real, concrete ideas yet.  I’m going to stick with this as long as I can, as long as they don’t take the building down to build condos because they’re planning on doing that soon. So really and truly, it will be something in the business world but I don’t know what.”


I asked Robin what she thought people would find most interesting about her story and she said: “I don’t find it to be such an interesting story, so I don’t know.  It was hard work.  I think about the classes I spoke to, 35 women around a table.  I used to advertise and I would stay late at work to hold these classes from 7 to 10 at night.  I would go into one of the little client rooms and have a nap between 5 and 6 because I couldn’t physically carry on without a nap.  I used to do that a couple of nights a week, just to get clients.  It was all very hard work.  I’m sure that people do that today but it’s like anything good in life, if it’s good it’s hard work. My mother always taught me no matter what it is in life, if it’s good, it’s hard work.”


What Strikes Me?

Sometimes, our accomplishments at work are defined by the titles we are given, the compensation we receive and the prizes we win


Success at work can mean our clients learning to trust us and our advice and opinions and our results demonstrating their trust was well placed


Our work of greatest significance often has little to do with our work lives and careers


Being successful requires great effort and determination and plain old, hard work


If something is good, it means it takes hard work to get it


What Strikes You?


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