Today, I’m sharing and celebrating with you that A La Carte Paris opened for business in October 2002, exactly 10 years ago!
A La Carte Paris is a project I had worked feverishly on during the preceding year (at night and on weekends because I had a full-time job at the time, that I couldn’t afford to leave at first) and the firm was officially registered in October 2002.
Yet is was just 2 weeks ago that I realized just what it meant for a A La Carte Paris to turn 10:
I was attending the 2-day National Achievers Congress in London, amid no less than 10.000 people with the same shared interests. All massed together in a huge space, to listen to the enlightened words of such figures as Tony Robbins and Donald Trump (among others), speaking about both the science of achievement and the art of fulfillment.
At one point in his speech (perhaps “show” is a better word!), Tony Robbins decides to make a point by asking all the company owners to stand up.
I stand, and to my surprise over half of the 10.000-strong audience rises to their feet. (Perhaps I shouldn’t have been so surprised, as entrepreneurs might typically have a healthy interested in achievement!)
Then, Tony asks all those who have owned their company for less than 3 years to be seated.
About 3/4 of the entrepreneurs sit down, leaving a fraction still standing.
Finally, Tony asks those who have owned their company for less than 10 years to be seated.
Of those few who remained standing, the great majority sit down, leaving maybe only a couple of dozen entrepreneurs standing in a aircraft-hangar-sized space filled with 10.000 people (of which 5.000 entrepreneurs).
There and then, as one of the very very few still standing, I felt a wonderful warm glow and a shiver of intense emotion, deeper than I had never felt before about A La Carte Paris.
Almost feeling like a little kid…
So I guess what I’m saying is that A La Carte Paris counts now more than ever for me.
I’m proud that through all these years A La Carte Paris has maintained its unwavering focus on offering ONLY beautiful apartments, in the best prime locations of central Paris.
We only offer apartments I myself would like to live in, and I think this shines through our listings and in our client satisfaction rate of 99%.
And the most important word, in the previous sentence, is that word “we”.
I am so VERY proud to have such a fantastic team on board. And this is something that our clients repeat to us over and over.
I get personal messages every single week from clients telling me how charming Katy (our booker) is, how responsive Jean-Eric, Jacquie and Bruno are, how clean and well kept the apartments are (thank you Danielle and Julio), and just how well-oiled and pleasant the whole experience is (thank you Julie, Suzie, Annabelle and Marc).
So, a big HOORAY for our team and a warm THANK YOU to you, our clients past and future.
I certainly intend to be posting again in another 10 years time! 😉