At the end of November it will be one year since my partners and I won not 1 but 3 awards at the 10th Annual International Entrepreneur’s Association for Asia. This was a monumental time in my life because the day we received the awards in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was the day of my 50th birthday. While it seems like it literally was just a few months ago, it was a milestone moment in my life and for my career in direct sales. My husband continues to remind me that not many people can say they received those prestigious awards on their 50th birthday.
For the last decade I have built a career in the US and international markets based on providing traditional and digital marketing to a variety of companies throughout the world. The expertise and skillset I’ve built through the years range from managing multi million dollar budgets, carving out strategic plans to launching new products, some 8-10 at a time to helping US based companies launch in international markets to starting up a new companies from cradle to grave has allowed me to build a healthy professional portfolio and at the same time create an amazing network of relationships all over the world.
I have learned so much about myself being on both the corporate and consultant level. Being blessed with opportunities all over the world which spanned in industries from specialty retail, to casino gaming to banking to health and wellness, mobile app technology and at the same time building my digital portfolio has given me the ability to hone my skill set in what I do best and that’s to manage medium to large scale campaigns for some of the most unique start up and established brands in the world.
Having an entrepreneurial skillset and bringing it into the corporate arena is a blessing because you’re able to finagle through all sorts of sales and marketing budgets, dilemmas and politics and at the same time you get exposed and experience with dealing with people from so many backgrounds. I have travelled the world and have been a part of some of the sexiest companies with corporate teams and founders that could only be described as fascinating in every aspect. Watching and learning from so many of these people has enabled me to fine tune the best skill I have and that’s to continue to provide value to those I work with and mentor and at the same time maintain my relationships.
You see at the end of the day, while the quality of your work and the revenue you’re able to produce matter, to the bottom line, none of it is possible if you’re not paying careful and thoughtful attention to the people that help you accomplish these goals. What I learned after a decade of not taking a vacation, never stopping for a minute and continuing to hustle and grind like an insane maniac at 24/7/365 speed is that if you take care of the people around you they essentially take care of you.
No matter which corporate board room I sit in, the best companies I’ve worked and consulted for always had a team of people who were uniquely qualified and had a foundation of respect for each other and their work. It’s so enlightening to see companies and people who know how to work together versus just working alongside each other.
What I’ve learned about myself is that while I am extremely resourceful and can manage multiple sales teams, build strategic plans and bring revenue to any company which I choose to work with, what I’m most proud about are the relationships I have built around the world. Nothing is more important then relationships and I believe that while money, fame and status are personal and professional goals for most, mine has remained the same.
My mantra hasn’t changed…
I will continue to aspire not to be just the best but the best for the team and the people that I have the opportunity and privilege to work with.