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3 Things I Learned as a Mompreneur Award Nominee

Written by Penny Norkett

I was so excited on Monday as I anticipated watching the Facebook Live announcements of the top 22 finalists for the 2017 Mompreneur Awards. My heart was filled with love and anticipation as I logged onto Facebook. I went to the event page and saw no one there. I checked my newsfeed to see if the live would pop up – nothing.  I frantically searched my notifications to see if there was a direct link – nothing. I finally found the correct Mompreneur Group and seeing Maria Locker, I knew I was in the right place.

My heart was pounding, sending positive energy to Maria as she announced the winners. My internet connection started to fade. “No”, I thought, “I need to be on this Live broadcast.” My time was limited as I was heading out the door to my Toastmaster’s meeting, and I was printing off the grammarian role as I listened intently.

The first award Maria announced was the Mompreneur Award of Merit. My heart was so happy when a local woman named Paula was announced! She has committed wholeheartedly to stepping out of her comfort zone to lead a team to new heights. At one point during a mompreneur challenge to follow up with 10 clients a day, she stopped as she had reached her maximum capacity. That is how dedicated she is – all while being an awesome friend, wife, mom and countless other roles. I have had the privilege to attend one of Paula’s trunk shows and know the family sacrifice she makes as she had driven into town from a camping trip to represent her company.

The next award Maria announced was the Mompreneur Startup Award. I knew several women who were in this category; it had so many qualified candidates even the organizers could not pick just 5. The 6 finalists were named and I didn’t personally know any of them. I wasn’t chosen, but neither were countless other talented successful mompreneurs. Instead of feeling disappointed, I felt amazing, the reasons being:

  1. I was proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone.
  2. I was included amongst an amazing group that did not move forward.
  3. I now had more time to concentrate on helping more women in my private coaching practice.

Fear did not win this time. Fear could have prevented me from entering. Fear of failure as well as fear of success could have stopped me. I am not a loser. I am a winner – conquering my fear to step out of my comfort zone. I am in charge of my feelings and the disappointment I was afraid I would feel, never happened. This experience was a complete WIN!

Congratulations to the finalists; see you next year.


Mompreneur member Penny NorkettPenny Norkett is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Breslau, Ontario. As a Visibility Empowerment Coach and Success Strategist, Penny assists aspiring coaches, entrepreneurs and business women to overcome their fears and blocks to gain confidence to become visible doing Facebook Live videos so they can share their message, attract their ideal client and grow their business while making a positive impact in their lives and for those they serve.

Penny is the co-author of the #1 International Bestselling book “100 Voices of Inspiration, Awakening, and Empowerment” and has published inspiring articles for Mompreneurs, The Huffington Post and Simply Woman online magazine. She is a rising speaker, inspiring many women around the globe, and she is leading a community of like-minded women in her Facebook group, “Claiming Your Brilliance”. 

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