The life of an entrepreneur never, ever, ever, ever, ever stops. The true entrepreneur has no safety net. Work is not finished until the business is successful and creating a sustainable profit. Even then those who are innovative and progressive don’t sit back, relax and go into retirement; they continue to pursue the goal.

Imagine my surprise the evening that I received the email stating that we had won the prestigious “Outstanding Engineering Project of the Year” award given by the San Diego County Engineering Council. Sleepy me, who was just getting ready to doze off, was immediately awake and bounded out of bed filled with renewed energy! The previous months of hard work were paying off!

I had not given myself a moment to rest since I conceptualized this program ten months ago, much less celebrate. My business idol, Richard Branson, the ultimate entrepreneur, mentions to always celebrate your wins – large or small. For those of us in the trenches who are creating, building, making, and innovating it is a necessity!

“Happiness is the secret ingredient for successful businesses. If you have a happy company it will be invincible,” says Richard Branson. “Never underestimate the importance of celebrating – this is something we hold to be true at Virgin.”

My team was as excited as I was by this award. For the evening, they assumed the role of reporter and interviewed attendees, took pictures and met professionals in a variety of engineering fields. The months of practicing public speaking was tested by the one-on-one conversations had with role models in the fields they are considering for a career.

“Outstanding Engineering Project of the Year” is a prestigious award recognizing the achievements of a local engineering project that benefits the general public. Past award winners have included HP, Northrop Grumman, Cubic, Navy, SPAWAR, San Diego International Airport and Taylor Guitars. To be recognized among this group of heavy-hitting Fortune 500 companies, military and government agencies has elevated our message and reach to a new level.

As I work towards my goal of introducing more young ladies to all of the careers available in the automotive, motorsports and transportation sectors, these moments of celebration make the hard work worthwhile.

With an incredible team and Board of Directors and Advisors, Athena Racing is ready to take on the future. It’s pedal to the metal now!!!

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“Those who are willing, are those who achieve great things.” 

-Jessi Combs

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