Sharing successes over wine

Over a glass of wine, Kerry Meagher and her friends shared their successes. What a great way to build confidence and self-esteem—important ingredients when seeking new career opportunities. Here’s what Kerry writes.


Last summer, I had the opportunity to sit down with friends and peruse Judy’s recently published book Career Success in 12 Easy Steps | a Journal over a glass of wine. My friend began reading through the self-assessment portion of the book when she stumbled upon the question, “Have you ever experienced any of the following successes?” As she read through the list of successes…

  • Winning a game
  • Bringing estranged friends together
  • Coaching a team
  • Graduating with honors
  • Receiving an award, such as employee of the month, student of the month, most improved, or top performer
  • Representing my school, employer, town, or organization at an event
  • Rescuing a pet, person, building, neighborhood, or other entity
  • Serving as an elected officer

…my friends piped in with an example from their own lives.

One friend had brought estranged friends together, and we had all received awards of some type, even if they were only of the paper-plate variety. We also had an assortment of elected officials in our midst, thanks to college clubs and activities. However, the true assortment of our successes was shown as we shared how we had represented our schools. Two of us had participated in a mission trip to North Carolina where we built ramps for the elderly. Another played in the band and represented his high school in competitions across New York State, and another was on his high school’s swim team. Who knew a group in their early twenties could have experienced so many successes?

Now take a moment and go through the list for yourself. Which successes have you shared in? Any success that you have experienced counts! Even if it isn’t on the list, any time you have identified a problem and have then taken steps to overcome it, that counts as well!

  1. Kerry, I’m so pleased that you and your friends have experienced success in building relationships, leading others, representing the communities in which you live, and serving communities outside of your own. Taking ownership of these successes is key. When you know your worth, others (including those who make hiring decisions) take notice. Cheers to you and your friends!

  2. It’s great to have people focus on success. Everyone’s had some success, and when you focus on it you improve your prospects immensely.

    • Thanks, Brian. Acknowledging our successes, whether small or large, generates the energy needed to overcome obstacles. We find ways to just push those obstacles aside.

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