If someone were to ask me what the secrets to success are, I would say, “Victoria doesn’t have secrets (LOL), so here goes…Be yourself AND Do the right thing.”
If you personally know me then you know that I am energetically positive. What you might not believe about me is that at one point in my life, not too long ago, I felt like a failure. I’m human just like any other. We all have a regret list of coulda, shoulda, wouldas.
I could have been a better student. I should have finished college. If I could go back in time I would do it differently.
When I was growing up, I had a mental list of 5 careers that I wanted to pursue. In no particular order…
Unique list, right?! LOL
At a young age I understood the importance of living a life of passion and purpose. I would ask almost every adult I encountered, “What do you do for a living?” they would answer and then I would follow up their answer with “Did you always want to do that?” You probably won’t be surprised, because you yourself might have the same answer. They said, “No.” Their answers left me with a feeling of disappointment and sadness. I then wondered if I too would turn into these adults.
Fast forward to my adult life and I’m NOT a protestor, aerobics instructor, Rockette dancer, teacher nor singer. I’ve been working in the medical field since I’m 15 years young. I got stuck at doing something I was good at. I became comfortable and complacent. I shelved the “passion and purpose” for, “I need to pay my bills.” My fire was not being fueled. I saw myself as having a job but not a career. I equated this to failure.
In June of 2015 I resigned from my job. I had over 12 years of experience in that particular medical field. It takes a leap of faith to leave a job where you are comfortable, but, life begins at the end of your comfort zone, it’s where the magic happens. I am currently working in the sales and marketing department for a medical group. In my position, you’re only as good as your numbers. I had a very slow start. I had zero experience in sales. My company was very patient with me. Thankfully, my slow start has blossomed into a success. I credit the success to being myself and doing the right thing.
The sales field is a very competitive environment. Reps compete with other reps selling similar products and/or services. When I first began marketing, I quickly realized I would have to set myself apart from my competition. Well, I have one thing going for me that those other reps don’t…I’m me and there is NO ONE like me!
So, who am I? There are so MANY layers that make up a person’s character. A few of my layers include sensitivity, sincerity and silliness. Being sensitive to the needs of my accounts is paramount. After all, it’s about them, not me and my needs. Being sincere means being authentic and honest. I always shoot straight and never make broken promises to my accounts. Being silly is how I am remembered. My first month of marketing I delivered bags of popcorn with a note that read, “Just ‘popping’ by to introduce myself.” I became the “popcorn girl” to my accounts. Until they learned my name, this is how they remembered me. Silly maybe, but the point is they remembered me! Success.
Recently, I had a conversation with one of my accounts. She has always been complimentary to my marketing style. Several times she has asked for MY advice in regards to marketing her own business. She’s asking for MY input?! Meanwhile, I don’t even have a marketing degree! She said, “You have a very special personality. You’re polite and kind and not in your face.” Her praises humbled me. In that moment, I understood that marketing is all about building relationships. I’m real good at “peopling.” I crave basic human contact. The meeting of eyes, the exchanging of words-is to my psyche what oxygen is to my brain. I practically make friends with strangers on a daily basis. I’ve made friends with people at the nail salon, in the sauna, and even at a checkout line. I’ve even met some of my Facebook friends in person.
I always say, “The world is round.” In other words, “What goes around comes around.” It’s simple:
Do. The. Right. Thing.
Now, what is right for me might not be right for you. But, most of us know the difference between right and wrong, right? Sometimes doing the right thing is not easy. But, I am a firm believer that if you do right, God or the universe or whatever higher power you espouse to, does right by you.
Hindsight is 20/20. Throw out your regret list of coulda, shoulda, wouldas. There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons. Every moment in my life, every decision I have ever made, every action I have ever taken, has led to me where I am today. Success.
So, I’m NOT a protestor, or an aerobics instructor, or a Rockette dancer, or a teacher, nor a singer…but I AM living a life of passion and purpose. My fire IS fueled. I fight for what is right like a protestor. I’ve been known to “cut a rug!” I’d like to think that my “Auto Mottos” have taught something to someone at some point. I sing in the car AND shower on a daily basis. I now know my “career” does not define me or my purpose. I am passionate about being the best version of myself and doing the right thing and that is MY purpose. A purpose only I can pursue. Those are MY keys to success.