As I listened to the speakers at the Journey 2 Success conference, each one built on what the previous person had said, making the overall message so much clearer – we need to step into our own power, get out of our way, believe in ourselves and stop apologizing.

Carol Schulte got us off to an amazing start as she shared her own journey and how she found she was getting in her own way to claim the success she deserved. Probably my biggest takeaway from what she said – and she covered so many valid points – was her thoughts on perfection and how just doing it was way more important than getting it perfect.

There was a common thread in our panel too, one which I hadn’t picked up on when I selected them, but our amazing MC Liz Radzick did. All three women were concerned about security. For Aisha it was travelling safely across Toronto which is why she founded DriveHER. While for Toni is was protecting your legal rights, particularly after the death of a loved one. And for Cat it was all about Internet security and protecting yourself against identity theft.

Sam Horn brought so many messages in her gentle story-telling way. When she was travelling along a treacherous road in California, and pulled over to let a truck that was honking at her to pass, she nearly went over the cliff. It was then that she realized that she always put herself second, often to her own detriment.

Her other story that resonated with many was her recognition that these are the golden years, right now. Our constant quest for happiness means that often we ignore what we have right now, this minute. Sam also walked us through a happiness chart – and for many this led to an ‘aha’ moment when we realized that what we loved to do wasn’t happening, while we were making ourselves busy doing stuff that brought us no joy.

Then we heard from Professor Maja who pointed out how frequently we say sorry when we don’t need to and we tend to dismiss compliments. She was advising us to stop the apologies and to start saying thank you when someone says something kind to us.

We wrapped up the day with Darcy Roberts leading us through a lego activity, where we had to design our vision of our future.

When my kids were little, I would ask them every night what was their highlight of the day. After the conference I had dinner with some girlfriends and asked them the same question.  The answers varied – some loved Carol’s message of being brave, and just doing it; others found Sam’s comments about the golden years resonated with them, and others loved Maja’s dynamic presentation. As for the lego, all were surprised at what they learned from playing with it.

To me this is the sign of a good event in that everyone connected and learned something. I thank the speakers for filling our cups and empowering us to be who we are.

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.