Good Afternoon Everyone,
I want to take you all back in time, to about three and a half years ago, when I earned one of the biggest incentive trips my company rewarded us with! It was a four day trip to Hawaii, that I extended to about a week. This was the first, exotic place I vacationed, without having to worry about finances. The year before that had been pretty up and down, as our family was in financial crisis. It was still hard for me to accept the success I gained, in such a short amount of time.
I want to take a moment and talk about something. I had an epiphany on that trip. I’d like to enlighten you guys and tell you a little bit about Ray and Carolina (the CEO and his wife) and their story because they came here from a Communism takeover in Venezuela to the United States, about 17 years ago. When they arrived, they didn’t know how to speak English, and they were working minimum wage jobs. Ray was at Sears. Carolina was working the night shift at McDonald’s in the kitchen because she spoke zero English.
When I was talking to Carolina, sitting next to one of the many pools at this resort, as she was telling her story to one of my good friends…I told her I still struggle with how fast the business had grown and how much success our incredible organization has. The one thing she said is that I have trouble wrapping my head around, “Do I do deserve this?” She said, “Toni, think about how hard you’ve worked all of your life and how many struggles that you have encountered in your lifetime.” She continued, “Give yourself permission to accept your success.”
I had an amazing realization for a moment because sometimes I’m pinching myself thinking, “Do I really deserve this?” And you know what? Carolina was absolutely right. She said, “You know what? You’ve worked so hard.” I have worked so hard. I have an incredible worth ethic, and I am a hard worker. I put 110% into everything that I do because I want 110% results.
I had a big shift in Hawaii, and I was thinking, “Oh my gosh,” over and over. It was so amazing that just that one sentence she gave me affected me so much. It’s always a learning experience, though, whenever I’m around new people. I’m around friends that are not in Monat, and I’m around our corporate staff. It’s just amazing. That conversation affected me to my core, and I was hearing from somebody that came from even less than I did. Ray had $40.00 in his pocket when they came from Venezuela to Miami. It was really enlightening to hear that from her perspective, and I just wanted to share that with you guys. Everyone should feel that amount of belief from someone. It begins with you.
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