Happy birthday to eSOS!


Today – 28 February – marks the birthday of Executive Stress Office Support. We have today been in business 12 years! In a country where something like 86% of small businesses fail in the first 5 years of life, this is a pretty big milestone.

This isn’t going to be a ‘back-slapping’ post. Instead I wanted to share something shared with me by a colleague, Gita Shankar about my anniversary gem: Jade:


The wise have likened jade to virtue. For them, its polish and brilliancy represent the whole of purity; its perfect compactness and extreme hardness represent the sureness of intelligence; its angles, which do not cut, although they seem sharp, represent justice; the pure and prolonged sound, which it gives forth when one strikes it, represents music. Its color represents loyalty; its interior flaws, always showing themselves through the transparency, call to mind sincerity; its iridescent brightness represents heaven; its admirable substance, born of mountain and of water, represents the earth. Used alone without ornamentation it represents chastity. The price that the entire world attaches to it represents the truth.

To support these comparisons, the Book of Verse says: “When I think of a wise man, his merits appear to be like jade.”

Thus jade is really special in Chinese culture. Also as the Chinese saying goes: “Gold has a value; jade is invaluable.”

Because jade stands for beauty, grace and purity, it has been used in many Chinese idioms or phrases to denote beautiful things or people, such as Yu Jie Bing Qing (pure and noble), Ting Ting Yu Li (fair, slim and graceful) and Yu Nv (beautiful girl). The Chinese character Yu is often used in Chinese names.

I like to think that I’ve run my business these last 12 years with sincerity, justice, truth and virtue … and definitely with loyalty to my clients. So perhaps the anniversary stone is fitting!

Happy birthday eSOS and a massive thank you to my clients – without whom I wouldn’t have made it this far.

And an especially huge thank you to my wonderful husband, David Bishop. Without the 100% support of your partner and family I do not believe any small business can survive for long. And also to my daughter – the reason I started eSOS 12 years ago – to enable me the flexibility of spending as much time as possible with her as she grew, and the opportunity to teach her there are alternatives to traditional employment.

Now … to go find my jade ring….


©Lyn Prowse-Bishop – www.execstress.com



  1. Monika says:

    A huge congratulations to you Lyn, what a milestone ;-).

    This also means congratulations to David and Miss 12 for being such a great support going along for the ride.


  2. Michelle says:

    Congratulations Lyn, you give this girl hope. I have the support of my husband as well. Of course, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks for all you do.


  3. execva says:

    Thanks so much Michelle. It is doable! How long have you been in practice?

  4. michelle says:

    About three years. Sure does seem longer though. I’m in the process of re-designing my marketing material..including the site. Again, congrats!

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