Learn more about Vicki L Wille in this interview with Cheryl Wilson, a successful entrepreneur living in an affluent Las Vegas suburb. Cheryl is the owner of Muskoka Millwrighting & Machining in Hunstville, Canada.
Cheryl: How did you discover the secrets?
Vicki: It took me a lot of time and effort. I uncovered financial secrets by reading, observing business owners, and talking to those who were already successful. It was 98% men that I was learning from. I would uncover one secret and that would lead me to another. In time I began to understand that I was discovering many secrets behind creating success.
Cheryl: What do you mean it was ‘through men’?
Vicki: When I began in the business world, there were few women executives and even fewer who were excelling. Also, I worked in a male-dominated industry. This left me with little choice but to follow the men’s examples. So, because I was surrounded by men, I chose to observe and learn all I could from the highest producers among them. I discovered that by listening, observing, and asking men questions I kept uncovering more secrets to success.
Cheryl: You state women are beginning to want these secrets?
Vicki: Yes! I can identify with stereotypes and the circumstances in which women have created their own world of ‘lack’. I was like that until I realized one of the most important secrets of all: Knowing about others and assisting others in their quest alters your own path. Over the past year or so, I’ve seen that the ratio of women to men requesting these secrets continues to narrow. I have had many requests from people asking me how, as a single mother raising three children, I was able to start as a receptionist and move up to owning my own Registered Investment Advisory firm. Other accomplishments they ask me about are how I became a published author, the card game I developed, and my public speaking engagements.
Cheryl: Wait…I want to know what you had to give up to achieve these things.
Vicki: That’s easy. I gave up what I call the ‘no value time wasters’. I traded watching mindless TV, gossiping on the phone, or playing games on the computer for investing time in my and my children’s futures. I realized that in order to attain any desire, you must remain focused on that desire. I think this was about the point in my life that I truly realized that TIME is limited, and it is the one thing we can’t get more of. I committed myself to getting and staying organized. I found when I wrote out my daily ‘to do’ list, life became easier. I incorporated my family into the process and established duties for my children which gave me more time. We were able to spend more time together and I had more time for myself. As a result, my desires were becoming realities!
Cheryl: Excuse me. You put your children on a regimen?
Vicki: Not exactly, but I gave them duties which were appropriate for their age. Little things that would remove stress from me but aid in keeping our home organized and functional. All were normal household chores that were simple yet TIME consuming for me. Each had to keep their rooms picked up – no food left in room, clothes off the floor, make their bed, and so on. Then each was given an assignment. For instance, take clothes from washer and put them in the dryer or take clothes from dryer and put each item in the appropriate person’s room. The older ones would mow the yard, help put away groceries, and so on. My youngest was 6 when I realized that by learning life’s secrets early, the lives of my family would also become much easier. You would be surprised how their self-pride, their self-esteem, rose just by helping keep our home organized and clean.
Cheryl: Earlier, you mentioned reading. What did you read?
Vicki: I started out reading rather general self-help books. Until you begin to believe in yourself, change will be difficult. As I progressed, I began to understand my talents and interests. I learned that I enjoy the world of business and the world of psychology. I also enjoy aiding others in identifying their talents and blockages. My focus then became reading autobiographies and biographies about successful business owners, books on business structure and magazines of all kinds pertaining to business. Reading about those who have accomplished their dreams gave me insight into how their minds work and how they created structure in their lives.
Cheryl: How did you find the time to read?
Vicki: As I mentioned before, I stopped wasting time watching TV, so I had more time for reading, thinking, and learning. I wanted more. To have more I was going to have to learn more and identify what I really liked to do. I knew I was capable of doing this. So each day I spent one hour in the evening reading and making notes. I was astonished at how my life began to change. I was internalizing successful thinking.
Cheryl: Was this all you did? I mean, you just watched men and read?
Vicki: (laughs) No! I would listen to CDs, go to seminars, and utilize what I was learning. I also began to find great value in journaling. Initially, journaling was difficult. After a week or so of trying to develop the habit, I remember looking back to see what I had written and I couldn’t read it – it was unintelligible.
Cheryl: Can you explain a little more?
Vicki: Journaling exposed me to the ugly side of me. Through journaling, I discovered I had created expectations and when they began to be crushed or disregarded, I become confused, defensive, and ready to argue … many times not even realizing what I was fighting about. I also recognized I was afraid of expressing myself. I would rip up pages, throw them in a fire — anything – so that others could not see what I had written. At first, I would just write horrible things about events of the day and how people were wrongfully hurting me. But as I continued to write, I became more aware that we are all different — just because I thought something should occur one way did not mean it was the only way. It was through journaling that the realization came to me that I could very possibly be wrong, self-centered, negative, and closed to others’ views if I left these thoughts unchecked. I think we grow up wrongfully believing that everyone has the same life experiences. It is not until we leave the nest that we begin to discover that everyone has not had the same life experiences as we have. Through journaling I was able examine my feelings and was able to make room for NEW thoughts, thoughts that would ultimately lead me towards my dreams and goals. It was not long before I noticed that I was releasing my negative thoughts and as I continued to express my emotions, I was evolving into a nicer and happier person. I was learning the power of releasing negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones. A very welcomed result was that these changes also led me to making more money!
Cheryl: Great information. So tell me, how did you go from receptionist to the top?
Vicki: I discovered certain secrets and put them into action. It took me a long time to learn those secrets. The basic foundation is: Know you have talent and be willing to share that talent with the world. Then YOU will notice you are also receiving benefits. No matter what your talents or areas of interest, you will discover that all success is based on a continual desire to learn and to give to others. You can begin by emulating successful people, and finding mentors. Successful people enjoy sharing their knowledge, experiences, and wisdom. Never be afraid to ask them for help. Sadly, most people will never ask for help. I know from my own experiences of being on both sides — when you ask for advice and guidance, you will discover that successful people want to help you!
Cheryl: Vicki, this has been very enlightening and I think we could go on for hours…. This has been great info and I hope you continue to share your knowledge and wisdom.
Vicki: I can talk forever about success because it is so exciting! But that’s just not possible, so, in order to share what I have learned with others, I decided it was time to share the secrets in a simple and easy-to-use format, something accessible through the Internet. I also began public speaking on these various topics. For those wanting more, I created programs which are simple to read and understand. To get the full value of learning these secrets I’ve made part of my life, it is essential to not only learn but to internalize the information, take action to implement the secrets, and realize that their thinking must evolve in order to become a success. The more you accomplish, the more you want to accomplish. Thanks, Cheryl! I wish you the best until we meet again.
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