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Dartinbullseyeleft_2 OK, this post is all about audience participation.  My passion is accomplishment, and I've expounded on the topic a lot - both what contributes to it and what detracts from it.  Now it's your turn to answer one thing for me:

What is your single most significant accomplishment, either professionally or personally?

(Bonus question:  why do you consider it your most significant accomplishment?)

Just call me curious.  Can't wait to read your answers.


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Lisa Gates

Another great post, Tim.

My mind keeps trying to come up with the right "professional" answer, but what's true for me right this minute is that my son is my biggest accomplishment. Actually, he is his own biggest accomplishment, and I'm simply his co-pilot.

Why? Being a mindful, present parent is a meditation in progress; an invitation to transformation. It's a daily request to wake up from how it's supposed to be, to how we're going to create together in the moment.

Thanks for asking.


Mine has to be when I was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies.

I had worked so hard (for many years) to get that point and when the call came in 2002... well, it was one of the best days of my life.

Oh and the worst day of my life was getting the call that I was released!!! JK

Thanks for the question!

Tom Haskins

A team of three of us had a 2 day workshop to deliver in Rome for the top execs of Citicorp Italy and Greece. I designed four different versions of the program while in New York. The team leader was a perfectionist and never satisfied. My part in the presentation was small, his was big. The first day in Rome bombed. The team leader was too preachy, arrogant and condescending for these high rollers to tolerate. The team met for hours that evening to regroup. At midnight the team leader abdicated any further involvement and gave me the reigns. The next day, I winged it for six hours. The execs loved it, laughed with me and had sparkles in their eyes by the end. I could improvise for six hours superbly because I'd done 3 rewrites in New York. I knew the material, sequencing, pacing and processes cold. The team leader was thrilled that I had pulled off the miracle, saved his reputation and kept the client happy. He gave me a $5K bonus that evening. Of my many factums, that one is the killer.

Drew McLellan


This was an easy one for me. My daughter. She's evolving from a baby into an amazing human being. She's filled with empathy, humor, and a hunger to do the right thing.

I love being along for the ride and knowing that I played a role in the world being pretty darn lucky to have her.


Drew McLellan

What's your answer?


Nice question and a lovely way to reflect on what we define as real results.

For me, it's been moving to Ireland 14 years ago before the boom and setting up my own value driven consultancy. I wanted to see if the skills/experience I'd gained in Australia were transferable internationally.It's still going today and I love working in collaboration with my clients to make a difference - so I suppose my skills tranferred!

Timothy Johnson

All - thanks for participating. Great answers so far. To answer Drew's question, my greatest personal accomplishements are my daughters. They are unique, fun, constantly changing individuals and each one adds something new and enriching to my life.

Professionally, I'm proudest of my books. Creating something from nothing that adds value to someone else is extremely rewarding.

Austin Bob

It's hard to think about children as "accomplishments". By God's grace, both of mine are doing well, and along with their Mom, constitute my greatest joy in this world. But "accomplishment"? Not so much.

There are several accomplishments, though, that would compete for "greatest". Just to choose two:

Finishing my first ever half-marathon in 1:48 at the age of 55. Better late than never! It is amazing what long-distance running can do to develop optimism, perspective and persistance.

Successfully pulling a large project out of a ditch. I am a serial "offender" in this regard, but it never loses its lustre. And ironically, it is always a lesson in humility ... ultimate success always depends on the folks who were already there all along.

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