Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Business Lessons


This past weekend I connected with members of the Class of 1975 from OTHS at our 40th Reunion.  As we looked at graduation pictures, reminisced about days gone by, I realized something…… I was different.  In the past, I would have clung to the old thoughts of who was in what “clique” in HS and what someone would think of me, my business and my life.  This time is was different, I drove to the reunion with a confidence that I have not had in this type of situation before.  Why?  Because I am the CEO of my own business.  Okay, so maybe it isn’t that simple but I truly believe that it has helped in me growing as a person and as a result having success in my business.

I have a new respect for me and my business.  In the past, I was shy about telling people about my direct sales business.  I mean most people look at the “home party business” as a hobby and truthfully despite saying the words – I think deep down, I did too.  Are you ready to get gut honest about YOUR business and what you think of it?  On the surface, you work your business like a business but deep down, do you think “this won’t last” or “it is fun for now”?  Do you believe it is a career or just something to pass the time until something else comes along?

I have gained CONFIDENCE and I feel good about who I am.  My life’s journey may not look like others but it is mine and I am proud of all that I have accomplished.  The good, the bad and the ugly.  When I shared about my business this weekend I talked about “honoring others positive energy with a variety of products for you, your family, your home and your business”.  Those that were interested asked questions, if they weren’t they just smiled and said “that’s nice”.  It was okay because I LOVE my products and I know that they have value.  Thank you Eryka Peskin for teaching me how to celebrate the inner gremlins so that I can squash them.

I learned how to celebrate successes.  Large or small, it doesn’t matter they are YOUR successes.  Not what others see as success and not other’s goals.  I LOVE celebrating my customers, my hostesses, and my team for orders, birthdays and milestones of all kinds. So why didn’t I celebrate my own successes.  I usually let them pass by without considering their significance or achievement.  What about you, do you celebrate your successes and if so, how?  I CELEBRATE at least 3 things every day NOW and as a result my perspective changed.  I share the positives with the Universe and in return, I receive more positive things. Did you know that if you don’t celebrate your successes, you have a higher chance of burning out or being left with the question of “why am I doing all of this?”  Who wants that, right?

Last but not least — and perhaps the most important lesson of all — I learned to be utterly genuine. Yes, I still have a prideful streak.  Yes, I still play the comparison game on occasion. I have learned that when I genuinely share my strengths, hope and experiences that doors open up.  People begin to put value in what you say and do – even if it is a “purse thing”.  So, I always try to be kind and genuine, and offer value to to my customers.

What have you learned from running your own business?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

Kids Say the Best Things

monday morning

It is Monday!!!! It was an AWESOME weekend in my pink bubble – Fall Premiere.  No spoilers here, you will have to stay tuned for more details or better yet, book a party between July 1 – 15 and get to see the catalog BEFORE every else.   Opps!  I squirreled for a minute, sorry!

There has been a survey going around Facebook where kids are asked to describe their parents.  Well, since my “kid” is grown, I decided to email it to her and see what she had to say.  The things you learn with the right questions.  To be honest, she sums me up pretty good which is nice to know….

1. What is something mom always says to you? It’s you and me kid
2. What makes mom happy? Seeing others happy
3. What makes mom sad? Dishonesty
4. How does your mom make you laugh? Being silly in stores and in general
5. What was your mom like as a child? Probably a lot like me
6. How old is your mom? 57 (okay so she is off by 1 year but at least she is close!)
7. How tall is your mom? Short… About to my shoulder or a little under
8. What is her favorite thing to do? Sell Thirty One… aka work
9. What does your mom do when you’re not around? Nothing.. it’s pretty dull without me (:
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? Saving the world
11. What is your mom really good at? Helping others
12. What is your mom not very good at? Cook (somethings not included like chicken CA)… Sorry mommy. (I knew I wasn’t great a baking but really?? LOL).
13. What does your mom do for a job? Sell bags to the world.. aka party
14.What is your mom’s favorite food? mexican
15.What makes you proud of your mom? Everything
16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? Pooh Bear (Kind of surprising)
17. What do you and your mom do together? Everything we can
18. How are you and your mom the same? Very giving.. and most times not enough to ourselves.  (How wise and we are working on changing that, right?)
19. How are you and your mom different? Age and height (A no-brainer, right?)
20. How do you know your mom loves you? She tells me and I just know (:
21. What does your mom like most about your dad? ummm… he’s genuine
22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go? The beach of course
23. How old was your Mom when you were born? 32 i think (She was close – 31)

It was fun hearing what Belinda had to say, what do you think?  If you asked your child, regardless of the age, these questions would they see the true you?  I have to say, I am glad that Belinda saw the real me growing up. It makes for building a great relationship.

Kick your week off with a smile.  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!