Quand une simple phrase prend tout son sens ! L'important c'est de participer...

When a simple sentence takes on its full meaning! The important thing is to participate...

When a simple sentence takes on its full meaning! The important thing is to participate...

"The important thing is to participate"

I remember the first time I heard that phrase. It was in first grade during a race organized at my elementary school. Our physical education teacher had told us before the start that the important thing was to participate and not to win. I finished the race crying since I had arrived in the last. It must be said that physical education was never my strength, I was the one who had difficulty doing the somersault, who was unable to do the cartwheel and who collapsed when the ball arrived at the dodgeball because I was afraid he would hurt me. I was beginning at that time to understand that I had no talent in sport and it was sometimes frustrating, so the famous sentence which should have been totally applicable in my case, I did not "feel" it at all. I always had the impression that it was invented to encourage those who never succeeded...

I have never really experienced a feeling of pride by participating in a contest or a competition. Besides, I never liked competition and the fact of potentially putting myself in a situation of failure. It must be my proud little side talking here.

Last January, I saw a past facebook post announcing that the Ministry of Economy. was going to award grants to young companies. The Toy Box matched the criteria perfectly, but the deadline was very close. I rushed and sent all the required documents fairly quickly after a short review. The kind of questionable review that makes us think we won't be chosen, but I couldn't pass up this opportunity.

To my great surprise, a few weeks later, I was called for an interview in front of a jury. My application had been accepted. I experienced a feeling of elation and pride mixed with a lot of stress since the interview was scheduled for the date I was due to give birth.

Imagine the scenario, breaking your water in the middle of an interview, I would have been more than embarrassed...

On D-Day, I had no idea what to expect, I was stressed, I spoke quickly, but I unpacked everything I had to say in the short 5 minutes that granted to me to present my company. The most distressing period that I dreaded was that of 20 minutes during which the jury asked me questions! On the other hand, after having listened to the programs Dans l'œil du dragon, I was ready for any question that could destabilize me, I had thought of almost all the possible scenarios. I must say that the people who sat in front of me were all friendly, which helped a lot.

It's hard to describe to you how I felt after this experience. I left the room with great pride and a sense of accomplishment. I knew that despite the choice that the jury made, in this room, for a first experience of this kind, I had given everything I had. I couldn't have said more or given different answers, I was genuine and transparent.

Before the interview, I learned that we had been a hundred candidates to have sent an application and that we were 7 participants selected. Already, it was a lot, I had gone through two stages of selection. When I left the offices of the Ministry of the Economy, I simply felt good, complete and serene, I think I understood now that the important thing is not so much to participate, but to have given everything.I participated in this interview, but I will be happy regardless of the decision since I put everything I had on the table and I could not have done more I knew that the final decision was between the hands of the jury, I didn't know their criteria, so if my company matched what they were looking for for the scholarship, I was going to get it, otherwise too bad.

Can you guess the rest...?

After a few weeks, I got the call from the Ministry of Economy, the one I was waiting for...

The call started with a hello and was followed by an unfortunately...

I didn't get it... I was certainly disappointed, but I'm still very proud of myself and happy to have participated. If I had to do it again, I would go back there with my eyes closed and do the same. The important thing is to have participated, but above all to have given everything!

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