So this morning the Albany Business Review announced the annual 40 Under 40, and I was not chosen. Not that big of a deal except for a few things:
1. As I turn 40 in July, this was my last shot at it.
2. I have been nominated every year since they started this 12 years ago by a significant number of people.
3. Well over a dozen of my close friends are former winners (and they wrote me nominations this year too!), so I will always get razzed by them over this.
4. I had over 50 people say they nominated me this year, with nominations coming from all sectors (education, business, government, technology, etc), levels (CEO’s down to new managers), and from across the entire state and beyond.
5. I am the only person to write for The Times Union WorkBytes Column that hasn’t been chosen, even though I was among the longest tenured and wrote the most articles.
6. I am not among the 40 most influential people under 40 locally (who haven’t won), yet I won NAIFA’s 4 Under 40 last year on a national basis?!
Yes, I am grousing, especially when I see some of the previous winners and what they have ultimately ended up doing and (not) contributing to Society. I guess what they say about a prophet not being recognized in their home town still holds true. And now that I have that off my chest I can get back to work trying to improve the world.