Be a Mate. Nominate.
I don't want to sound like I'm bragging, mainly because it's nothing to brag about (and it really isn't my style) but I do get a lot of emails. I'm sure you do too. Some you want, some you don't, probably loads of them for cheap Viagra. I get about 10 of them a day... the 8 my wife sends me hurt the most ;-)
I get a lot about personal things, from stores I use, most of them offering me all sorts shiny goodies at prices that haven't really changed much (I'm looking at you Zavvi). I get a lot of updates from blogs and sites that I like and I get a lot of emails relating to Men Tell Health. Either from people who've found us and need some help, a few from people who've wrote blogs for us and plenty of social media updates.
Last week though, I got one telling me something I've rarely experienced. I, or rather 'we', had been nominated for an award. Blimey Charlie! Specifically, we've been nominated for the Community Organisation Award - Gender under the auspices of the National Diversity Awards 2017 - Celebrity Unity in Society. Quite a mouthful.
Awards for doing what we do, or any charitable organisation, are a funny thing to reconcile for me. Don't get me wrong, who doesn't want to win an award and wear some big boy clothes for an evening, but they are the last thing you get into any field for. Unless it's the award-making industry obviously. I get slightly embarrassed at the thought of this kind of thing!
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore doing what I do. Building Men Tell Health into 'something' (whatever that ultimately means) that helps people and, perhaps, literally help save lives is the goal. Something shiny is an added bonus, but it's the last thing on my mind.
Interestingly, as I write that, I find myself challenging that thought. For all the work we do, none of it means anything if people don't know we exist and, let's face it, there are billions of people that don't know we exist. Should I be less reticent about being nominated? Surely seeing us on the list of nominations might spark an air of curiosity that means they'll go take a look at this very website. OK I'm sold..... kind of.
It isn't the first award we've been in with a chance of winning, or have even won. I'm so grateful and proud to see the ones we have on the shelf and genuinely hope we can add to them in November.
I guess what I'm trying to say, if I'm saying anything, is that recognition is great, but if it's the reason you're doing something, then you're not doing it for the right reason. It's the icing on the cake, but cake's don't need icing to be delicious. They're pretty good on their own. Whatever your passion is, then the 'doing it' has to be the primary goal. That's the reason you get up every day, spend far too much time away from your family, working your ass off.
I'd like to thank whoever nominated us - I don't know who that was - but part of the process is the collation of others who also want to push your nomination.
If you want to add your name to it, then great - the link is below - but I'm not going to be pushing it on social media (other than the link that went out with this blog), so if you're reading this, it's going to be your only chance.
You can nominate me by clicking here, but don't feel like you have to! Obviously you do have to, but don't feel that way ;-) I'm already practicing my 'it's-just-nice-to-be-nominated' face for when I fail to make the shortlist!