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What Is/was Your Greatest Accomplishment?  
User currently offlineDiamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 63
Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

Most parents will say that the births of their children are the finest moments in their lives.

But what other event, moment or thing do you regard as your greatest accomplishment in life?


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

 alert  alert  alert  Self Gloss Alert  alert  alert  alert 

Being Promoted to Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army on my 36th Birthday. Since I made the military a career, there was no other goal except to attain the highest enlisted rank possible. Fortunately, I managed it well ahead of my peers (was the youngest CSM in the Army the day I was promoted).


User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2289 times:

There isn't much right now i'm only 21 but my achievements which make me a little proud though everybody can achieve them are my a-levels and my beloved driver's license.

Regds
jush



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User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 730 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2288 times:

To become a conscious person and to overcome your failures seems like a great accomplishment to strive for.

User currently offlineKyleLosAngeles From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 214 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2273 times:

I'm not sure if this is the greatest one, but it's somehwere near the top:

I switched majors three times during college and still got my Masters by age 22.



Happy 2006
User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2268 times:

I don't really know, but having done military service and being promoted to sergeant is one thing. I think I can answer this question better in four years after having finished med school and (hopefully) I have graduated as a paramedic.

// Matt


User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2257 times:

Oh - that is a difficult question. Probably the most recent was taking up karate after I retired, and getting to be runner-up State Champion just three years later. But in the whole scheme of things, that is really just a little achievement that is nice to have - its not the sort of thing that you say has made your life complete.
I guess there are two things - still being loved by my wife (and vice versa) after a lot of years is one; and knowing that a lot of people that I have tried to help or be an example to over the years still regard me with a lot of love and respect (and vice versa) is the other.
If that sounds mawkish - sorry.
Bill



"...every aircraft is subtly different.."
User currently offlineDiamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 63
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

Quoting TNboy (Reply 6):
If that sounds mawkish - sorry.

No it doesn't. Those are great things to be proud of.



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

Bowling seven career 300 games (300, that is all 12 strikes in one game) was my greatest accomplishment. My bowling accomplishment include several bowling tournament victories I have captured.


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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2224 times:

Quoting September11 (Reply 8):
Bowling seven career 300 games (300, that is all 12 strikes in one game) was my greatest accomplishment. My bowling accomplishment include several bowling tournament victories I have captured.

Nothing like being proud of something you can do with a longneck in one hand and a heater dangling out of your mouth.  Wink


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21556 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

A Self-Gloss Alert:

My biggest accomplishment to date is singing in a performance of The Magic Flute at the Metropolitain Opera, without ever having had a rehearsal with the orchestra or on stage.

And managing not to screw it up.  relieved 

[/self-gloss]

-Mir



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2203 times:

I bought a 6 year old house that had been repossessed by the feds. I outbid the next-highest bidder by $201. I paid $58,000 for it. It had been occupied by a guy and his 10 buddies who turned it into a crack house.

When I toured the place there was:

1. A hundred holes punched in the drywall
2. 2 inches of moldy water in the basement
3. Moldy drywall in the walls of the basement
4. Water damage from an overflowed bathtub
5. Ruined carpet
6. The odor of the dead dog left in the living room
7. Gravel driveway, no deck, no landscaping, etc.

It took me 16 months to repair it all. The only things I reused were the kitchen cabinets and bathroom fixtures. The only thing I hired out was the concrete driveway and carpet laying.

Now it's worth $145,000.

Mark


User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

Getting thanked by my adult children for the way I raised them.

Convincing a fine woman to stick with me for 34 years when she could have done better.

Living the life I had mapped out for myself by the time I was seven years old.

Having been asked five different times in my life to take over and run a company that had been someone else' life's work. (I only accepted once and will not do so again.)

* * *


The only thing that shames me is those times when I failed to step up and do what was needed or what was right.



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User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 10):
My biggest accomplishment to date is singing in a performance of The Magic Flute at the Metropolitain Opera, without ever having had a rehearsal with the orchestra or on stage.

And managing not to screw it up.

Wouldn't singing for the Chancellor of Germany in front of the United States Ambassador and other officials, not having had a rehearsal, be a greater accomplishment?  Smile


User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3619 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2175 times:

These are some things I'm proud of in my stupid 20 years of life:

Flying a plane solo before I drove a car
Graduating Highschool with good grades
Saved a drowning kid in the sea
Becoming very close to my grandparents
Becoming the first person in my family to attend college.
Winning awards for something I've created.


User currently offlineNHGrafx From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2163 times:

For me it was graduating college (graphic design associates degree), and returning to college again and currently working towards my 2nd degree (sociology bachelors degree). I have a learning disability and a lot of people told me growing up I wouldn't make it in college, but I proved them wrong and am doing it again for a 2nd time, which is what makes it such a great accomplishment for me. And yes I know graphic design and sociology is a rather odd combination, but I love sociology.


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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2155 times:

For me, it is my marriage and young son, but both are still works in progress.


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User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2147 times:

Beating drugs and depression and turning my life 180 degrees. Got a wonderful partner, home and a career, and now I'm doing my best to help others who are facing what I went through.


"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
User currently offlineGilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

Quoting Beowulf (Reply 3):
To become a conscious person and to overcome your failures seems like a great accomplishment to strive for.

Yes, life is so useless when spent unconscious! lol  smirk  Did perhaps mean
conscientious my friend?

Two things. The day my Ranger Tab was pinned on, and I was still a teenager. Secondly, having the FAA examiner say "Congragulations Mr. Stephens, you passed, you're now a licensed Aircraft Dispatcher!"

I would say getting married and having two wonderful children but I was but a bit player in both those events!  wink 


User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

In my short 19yrs...

Flying solo before I could drive, and then earning my pilot's license before I graduated high school

Getting accepted to my first choice of colleges

Not getting involved in drugs and drinking like so many of my friends

Maintaining a close relationship with my entire family


I'm sure there will be more in the future.



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2112 times:
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My greatest accomplishments in life.....

I honestly don't think I've done anything that I would call great in any historical sense, but I'm very proud of the following
1. In the army I did my job when it counted and the shit was flying. When Staff Sergeant Williams (who never, ever lied or embellished anything...wierd that way) met my father and told him that I really knew my job and was important to my unit. My father died a year or so later, but he heard that from a guy who would have said the opposite if he felt it was true. I was promoted and did interesting stuff after that, but that sticks out. It was happenstance that the two met, and Steve told me later that he meant every word and he trusted me when it counted....regardless of whether I made my own bunk or had the shiniest boots (which I did not). Steve later went to SF and I met him again in HALO school....as far as I know he is still in and a CSM.

2. Rescuing my 10th grade history teacher from a total collapse of his carefully orchestrated tenure classroom review, as he had assigned specific tasks to several students so that all the different teaching tools would be used in this one class (when he was primarily a lecture teacher) and my assignment was to keep my mouth shut and not say a word (I was something of a smart ass, but I agreed because I liked the guy). When every one of the students failed to show with their assignments and the principal was seated in the class Murph looked stricken for a moment, but turned to me and asked me to stand and deliver a little talk and answer questions (with zero notice...as my assignment was to stay invisible) after the short film on the second revolution of the US (the creation and ratification of the Constitution) and I did well enough that the Principal of the school left after I sat down complimenting Murphy on his work and the productivity of his students.........and when the door shut Murphy told me I had passed his class no matter what happened from that point on....

I still feel proud of being there for him, as it was the first time someone had ever asked me to step up and perform when it really meant something and they needed things to go very well. It was my first real taste of real world responsibility for something that affected someone else.

3. Graduating Airborne School when I was 18 and had always been the athletic trainer/newspaper editor type. Many said I'd never make it, and when I did...and went further... I learned that there was little I could not do when I set forth and did not quit.

4. Starting my own businesses from the time I was 10 years old to now....from the lawnmowing enterprise (I learned to hire other kids to cut the grass and I sold and collected) to the summertime bar business which made money, to the point where I was 23 and the youngest franchisee in the system. It set me up, education wise and people wise, for what I do now...as a matter of fact my business partner now was our lawyer then. So much of my life now is there because of what happened then, including this latest venture upon which I'm embarking.

Here's some kudos....

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
Being Promoted to Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army on my 36th Birthday.

For those of you who don't know....that's fairly damned young and very impressive....
Don't get the bighead there Pep.

Quoting KyleLosAngeles (Reply 4):
switched majors three times during college and still got my Masters by age 22.

Impressive...hope you are maxing that out....

Quoting Matt27 (Reply 5):
I don't really know, but having done military service and being promoted to sergeant is one thing.

Very meritorious. We NCOs are the ones that run things....

Quoting Matt27 (Reply 5):
I have graduated as a paramedic.

Good luck with this... your life seems centered on service and your community needs people like you.

Quoting TNboy (Reply 6):
still being loved by my wife (and vice versa) after a lot of years is one;

Pretty good...... I hope I can say that when I've been with mine that long.

Quoting September11 (Reply 8):
Bowling seven career 300 games (300, that is all 12 strikes in one game) was my greatest accomplishment

Damn....that's pretty good......

Quoting Mir (Reply 10):
My biggest accomplishment to date is singing in a performance of The Magic Flute at the Metropolitain Opera, without ever having had a rehearsal with the orchestra or on stage.

And managing not to screw it up.

Hooah! Not screwing it up was the really hard part....

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 12):
Getting thanked by my adult children for the way I raised them.

I'm glad I was able to thank my Dad before he died, and my Maman hears it all the time.

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 12):
Convincing a fine woman to stick with me for 34 years when she could have done better.

Good on you for finding a blind and deaf lady....  Wink Kidding...well done.

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 12):
The only thing that shames me is those times when I failed to step up and do what was needed or what was right

I have some of those regrets as well, and they push me to be better....

Quoting RJpieces (Reply 13):
Wouldn't singing for the Chancellor of Germany in front of the United States Ambassador and other officials, not having had a rehearsal, be a greater accomplishment?

Ummm...yeah, that's pretty strong too.....



Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?
User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2085 times:

Graduating from University Summa Cum Laude, and obtaining my MEI.

User currently offlineNordair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2074 times:

Refraining from murdering the endless number of fools I have had to endure during my lifetime.

User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

1: Being the first person in my family to get a Degree (Youth & Community Work) being the oldest person on the course (41 when it finished) made me feel good too!

2: Coming top of the class on my Mountain Leadership assessment.

3: Renovating a run down house and tripling its value which funded the NZ move.

Not (so far) killing my father-in-law in cold blood...... Wink


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19204 posts, RR: 52
Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2052 times:

Having posted 9,851 posts on A.net.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
25 Pe@rson : Having posted 9,852 posts on A.net.
26 VSLover : it is yet to come...
27 Post contains links and images 777DadandJr : My greatest accomplishment? Jr! Russ
28 Shawn Patrick : Mine would probably be getting an appointment to the Air Force Academy. I worked my butt off for 4 years in high school to get it. Kind of a selfish a
29 Post contains images EA CO AS : So far: Learning to fly a plane Losing over 60lbs and getting back in shape Owning nearly $1 million worth of real estate Convincing a wonderful, beau
30 EA CO AS : What Is/was Your Greatest Accomplishment? Convincing the world that I don't exist. Signed, B744F
31 Aerobalance : Waking up in the morning.
32 ShyFlyer : Currently, I'd have to say getting my Private Pilot certificate. There were some points I thought I wouldn't make it, but I did, thanks to a little de
33 Post contains images TheCoz : You know, that kind of combination can be useful. I began college majoring in psychology, but ended up getting a double major in software engineering
34 MD-90 : The most fun accomplishment was being selected in the National Intercollegiate Band in 2003 and 2005, and thusly representing Theta Theta at UAB (our
35 Garnetpalmetto : My greatest accomplishment? As stupid as it may seem, being the first member of my family to get a Bachelor's degree.
36 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Not stupid at all . . . this is YOUR accomplishment . . . . to blazes what everyone else thinks. Kudos to you! Very cool. Now, if you could just spen
37 Post contains images TheCoz : LOL, we all know that'll never happen.
38 UpstateDave : My greatest accomplishment would probably be helping my school recieve a 3 year $5,000/year grant to start a senior citizen's home safety program. The
39 LOT767-300ER : Driving by a field of sheep without stopping... Signed, GKirk
40 AirxLiban : Might I just ask what is so great about having impregnating one's wife? The miracle of creating another human being and giving birth to a child is som
41 Post contains images Jafa39 : The accomplishment is persuading a woman to have sex with an a.netter in the first place!!
42 Searpqx : I can think of several billion women who had up close and personal experiance giving birth, they might argue w/ you just a tad. While impregnating a
43 AirxLiban : Ok...perhaps I should restate it. The process by which the sperm of an a.nutter unites with the egg of some woman who that a.nutter has managed to get
44 Lentigomaligna : Mine shouldn't have had to be such a big accomplishment. For me it was graduating from high school on time with a full IB diploma after being given a
45 EA CO AS : Ask someone who is sterile and unable to do so and I'm sure they'll tell you.
46 Diamond : You keep referring to it as a biological "process", like breathing or sweating. It's not always an accidental byproduct of sex. It is often something
47 Post contains images Aleksandar : OK, I must be honest to myself. There isn't much that deserves some attention. I still consider myself as an unaccomplished person, but if there were
48 Post contains images ANCFlyer : I quite disagree - I think this is quite an accomplishment . . . one that not too many people anywhere can say "I did that". Don't discount this too
49 Post contains images TNboy : Alex, don't forget that you have done these things and emerged as a really nice, unsassuming guy, who is still fighting against obstacles which are n
50 Post contains images Kevinl1011 : That's respectable....however a lot of people don't follow Golf. I'm a 150-190 bowler. You got my respect. The performance itself is admirable, howev
51 Post contains images Slider : It is, without doubt, the greatest and most overwhelming feeling imaginable. I used to make fun of all those people who used to yammer on about their
52 Post contains images Aleksandar : OK, now you made me I wasn't alone there and there were thousands of people thinking the same way I did back then. Some were quiter, some louder, but
53 Leigh pilgrim : He he, I like that, but not only waking up, its getting up as well! Mine are: * A go in a Flight Simulator * Commercial test flight * Skydiving * Cli
54 Post contains images Jap : When I started respecting myself and stopped being a doormat- I still have quite a distance to go to improve my confidence, but I'm certainly still ma
55 Atrude777 : Think I will bump this up. 1. Surviving a horrible infection, and medical problem I was faced with when I was born. Was supposed to die, but I didn't
56 Post contains images Waterpolodan : Alot of the posts on this list have left me feeling humbled, but I'm only 20 and I've got plenty of time to achieve great things with my life... so fa
57 Post contains images JCS17 : Getting a first class upgrade the other night from DTW to MSP as a Silver Elite on Northwest. Anyone who flies NW and is an Elite member will know wha
58 Post contains links NoUFO : Ok, since nobody knows me personally on this forum: // -- self gloss ahead Back when I studied education in Hamburg, I had this weird idea to ask one
59 Post contains images NoUFO : Don't know about the U.S. Ambassador, but Helmut Schmidt was hard of hearing and Schroeder apparently listens more to Scorpions than to classical mus
60 Pilot kaz : Can't think of anything to date... in fact nothing really great lol.
61 Srbmod : You're the most respected female member of A.net. (That and $3 will get you a coffee @ Starbucks...) My greatest accomplishments: Earning the rank of
62 Post contains images Wrighbrothers : For me ( all 14 years of it ) : Becoming head technition at my school earlier this year (Lighting, sound etc) Becoming a Sixther in my culbs groups an
63 Post contains images FXramper : Wow, I hope the majority of us aren't ready to commit to one great accomplishment, myself being only 21, I wouldn't wanna say one thing right now!
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