Seeing her is always a good thing for me. She’s been a very good inspiration in my life. Listening to her stories is one of my top favorite things.
There is this woman, an older friend I was still in college. She is a great motivator, an entrepreneur, a great negotiator, and also an inspiring sister too for me. Every time she came back from States to my hometown, she always ask little of my time to catch up, which I absolutely would love to :).
Me (M) : Did you get your coffee?
Her (H) : Yeah. A strong cappuccino in hand *raising her cup*. So, what’s new with you?
M : Hmmm nothing much. Same old same old.
H : You sure? I see dark spot under your eyes, honey.
M : Nahhh, it’s just a little thing (it was because a small project I did these past few weeks)
H : Tell me. I’m listening even to your afternoon tea break stories.
M : Nah, compared to your business, mine was just nothing. You wouldn’t find it interesting.
That was literally just another research project about some product market analysis I’ve been doing lately. I know how this small thing wouldn’t excite her, knowing how more interesting her fashion projects really is. Oh, btw, she is one of director of this very well-known clothing line in the world. You might be familiar if I tell so ;).
H : You don’t how even a small thing could bring a very BIG impact in life, sweetie. I used to be someone who never really listened to others. I knew what I was doing, I was successful and that’s all I need to know. Until one day..
There was this young lady called me. She said she had an interesting offer for my company. From the very beginning I completely know what she wanted. Just like anyone else who kept trying to offer me the same business proposals, I just knew she would offer to resell my products.
I was a very very very VERY arrogant person at that time. I know my career was insanely increasing and people started to pay attention to my designs. I strictly chose who offered to resell my clothes. Of course a very warm welcome to the very famous ones. But there would be no space for those who were still new or even in their early years of business to cooperate with me. Image.. was everything!
"I am Jesselyn Luctrove from a rising online shopping who ..", she tried to explain which company she came from. Hearing the word ‘online shopping’, without even thinking twice I could predict they wouldn’t have good management and good sales margin. Who on earth would like to buy an expensive stuffs without even seeing the real product, I was thinking that time. Online shopping was not as popular as it is today those 10 years ago, btw. So, nothing’s wrong in being that conservative, right?
I thought I need no longer time to listen to her. It would be a waste of time. So I stopped her right away, “Sorry we’re not accepting any product reselling right now. Thank you”. And I hung up the phone.
M : WOW! I never knew you used to be that annoying! haha.
H : I know rite! And the next thing I know, just about 10 months after the call incident, every single newspaper, magazine, television advertisement, radio and other medias reporting the same new BIG thing, the new evolution of shopping method. A new shopping innovation. And that was brought by Jesselyn Luctrove!
M : OMG! Dun say she’s the owner of ..
H : Yes, Honey. World’s number one fashion online shop! Where only exclusive and world’s top designers can seriously join. They said cooperating with her was the best decision they’ve ever made. Both higher reputation of high-end designer image, and crazily sales margin are two distinct results they can get.
And for me? It’s too late for me to join. I tried to contact her right after her company was being heard everywhere around the world. But things had change. Talking to her was seriously a hard thing to reach. I end up being left to be one of those ‘cool and fabulous’ designers who are cooperating with her. Though I got a HUGE brand in the world, but the brand itself won’t be as exclusive as those who already joined that fashion online shop. Oh well, regret always comes late, doesn’t it?
Being in the top of your best thing in life is SOMETHING. But being humble and willing to listen to others are never a bad idea.
You will never know what’s gonna happen in the future.
You could be on your highest level right now, doesn’t mean none could ever be higher than where you are ahead!
If you really want people to listen to you, think how much people want to be heard as well.
They might be a really good chance for you to grow even much more better than what you are right now.
Just remember this, chance is not coming twice.
Once it’s gone.. IT’S GONE.
So, have a sec to L I S T E N, people !