There are 3 lessons for entrepreneurs to be found in Debbie Allen’s win of the Governors Award at the 73rd Annual Emmy Awards celebration.
These lessons are:
- When you win, bring others with you.
- Even if no one like you has done it before, you can do it.
- You are never too old to achieve the success you have dreamed of.
When you win, bring others with you, the first of the 3 lessons for entrepreneurs.
I am a big believer in the old Civil Rights era saying, “lift as you climb.” That saying was created to encourage people not to succeed alone. Instead, people were encouraged to reach back and help others to succeed as well. During her acceptance speech, Ms. Allen said, “I brought a whole lot of people with me. . . “
It was such a beautiful thing to say. She spent time acknowledging her greatness and her courage. She celebrated her success by reminding those listening that she lifted as she climbed. This was a tribute to her life and the work she has done. It was also a tribute to those following in her footsteps.
Entrepreneurs must be ever mindful that they are always being watched. They are being watched by their employees, by strangers, and by those dreaming of becoming entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur breaks barriers and achieves success, she should reach back to help others do the same.
Even if no one like you has done it before, you can do it, the second of the 3 lessons for entrepreneurs.
Debbie Allen was the first African American woman to receive the coveted Governors Award. In her acceptance speech, she said, “it’s been many years in the making.” This means that she is not surprised that she won this award. She recognizes it as something due to her because of the work she has done. She never said that no African American woman won it before so she could not win it. On the contrary, her words say that she has been putting in the work and this honor is deserved.
Entrepreneurs should remember that they can achieve whatever they set their minds and work to do. Even if no one else has had success, you can. Even if no one else in your family has succeeded as an entrepreneur in the past, you can. Just like the travelers on Star Trek, you can do as Debbie Allen did and go where no one like you has gone before.
You are never too old to achieve the success you have dreamed of the third of the 3 lessons for entrepreneurs.
Debbie Allen is 71 years old. She has won numerous awards and honors over the course of her lifetime. The success of the Governors Award was never hers until this moment. It took her a lifetime of work and effort to achieve this success that she knew was possible.
As an entrepreneur, it is important to remember that no matter how old you are or how long you have been in business, you can achieve your dreams. You must never think that just because the dream has not yet come true, it will never happen. Continue to work hard. Continue to move confidently towards your goal. As long as you are alive and working, there is always a chance that today will be the day you win!
In conclusion, Debbie Allen winning the Governors Award at the 2021 Emmy awards provided three lessons for entrepreneurs. These lessons are first, when you win, bring others with you. The second, even if no one like you has done it before, you can do it. The third, you are never too old to achieve the success you have dreamed of.
So, the question for you this wonderful day is what has Debbie Allen’s win of the Governors Award mean to you?