I’m fortunate enough to be in Manila this week, Happies, and as a part of my trip, I had the immense pleasure of meeting Madame Sol, a seventy-year-old Avon representative who’s part celebrity, part multi-millionaire here in the Philippines.
She’s been with Avon for thirty two years. And a door-to-door sales women for forty six years here in the nation’s capital, and let me tell you now, she doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon.
Aside from her celebrity status – Madame Sol arrives by car, with her own driver, and is greeted with bows and wide-eyes from the staff at Avon HQ – she is also one of the most humble, inspiration women I have ever met. She’s hilariously funny, smart, and so intent on helping the women of Philippines create a business of their own and become as successful as she is (which, mind you, is in excess of US$2 million dollars a year) that every word she speaks is about the company and business. It’s hard to see her think about anything else.
Here we are at the biggest Avon ‘branch’ in Manila…
Her story is like so many others. She was a housewife and wanted to contribute to the family in a more financial way. Her husband was a successful lawyer, but she felt the desire to do something more. She started small, and grew the business and herself into the longest standing and most successful Avon Leader in the country.
For me, it was inspirational seeing someone of her age and her successes be so humble about it. Sure, she’s proud of her achievements and dripping in expensive jewellery, but after quizzing her about her secrets to success, she simply said ‘have patience. I didn’t create this overnight, I’ve dedicated my life to it, and now, it’s paid off.’ She also said at the beginning, she set small goals and achieved them regularly to keep her confidence up and momentum going, rather than setting unachievable goals that were few and far between.
She also wrote all her goals down, and when she felt like quitting or she wasn’t having a good week, she’d pull out that little piece of paper with her dream on it, and get back to work.
I have to agree with Madame Sol, writing your goals down and working towards them is a magical way of ensuring they come true. On those days where things aren’t looking like they’re going your way, pull it out, remember your purpose and carry on. It’s that simple.
Now, I’m off to write to down my goals for tomorrow, screw that six month notion, it’s far too far away.
Now tell me Happies…
Do you set small goals?
What about writing your goals down?
Does Madame Sol look seventy to you? Seriously.