This is the Moment

In the the summer of 1996, I spent 3 months in Saint Louis, Missouri working as a logistic intern for a company called Monsanto. Monsanto was and probably still is one of the largest chemical and agriculture companies in the world.

It was my very first experience working for corporate America, first time living in a corporate apartment, first time driving my own car to work, first time spending my own money to buy whatever I wanted. And the most memorable moment of all – it was my first time presenting to over a hundred people in a big company.

The topic of my very first presentation was about my summer project. I worked all summer long analyzing the best and cheapest route to transport chemicals from one place to another. The moment my boss asked me to present my analysis to the whole department, I knew I had some major preparation to do.

“Why would anyone want to listen to a newbie intern?” I thought to myself…

I was determined. I wanted to prove to everyone that I knew what I was talking about and I was confident. I was excited and ready for the challenge.

On the day of the presentation, my heart was pounding hard. And guess what? The precious PowerPoint that I had prepared for hours did not work! I was so nervous but what could you do? I ended up having to present without a PowerPoint… It was one of those magic moment. I didn’t have a choice. I stood in front of hundreds of people. I had to bite the bullet and just do it.

I can’t remember exactly what I said anymore. All I knew was at the end of my presentation my boss stood up and started clapping. I almost had tears in my eyes. Everybody else followed and I got my very first standing ovation!! I was proud and it was one of the best moments in my life.

I really wanted to share this special moment with you because it really kick started my journey as a person with confidence and the “just do it” spirit.

It didn’t matter that I was new to the company. It didn’t matter that I was a woman. It didn’t matter that English was my second language. I knew what I was talking about. I stood up and did it!

Watch the video below. This song “This is the Moment” is the perfect song to describe how I felt at the moment.

It is a little cheesy, but I know you will enjoy it.

Here are the lyrics if you want to know: 

This is the moment!
This is the day,
When I send all my doubts and demons
On their way!

Every endeavor,
I have made - ever -
Is coming into play,
Is here and now - today!

This is the moment,
This is the time,
When the momentum and the moment
Are in rhyme!

Give me this moment -
This precious chance -
I’ll gather up my past
And make some sense at last!

This is the moment,
When all I’ve done -
All the dreaming,
Scheming and screaming,
Become one!

This is the day -
See it sparkle and shine,
When all I’ve lived for
Becomes mine!

For all these years,
I’ve faced the world alone,
And now the time has come
To prove to them
I’ve made it on my own!

This is the moment -
My final test -
Destiny beckoned,
I never reckoned,
Second Best!

I won’t look down,
I must not fall!
This is the moment,
The sweetest moment of them all!

This is the moment!
Damn all the odds!
This day, or never,
I’ll sit forever
With the gods!

When I look back,
I will always recall,
Moment for moment,
This was the moment,
The greatest moment
Of them all!

Think About This
What is your moment?

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