Today we’d like to introduce you to Sheila Andres.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Sheila. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After college, I had a choice of working for one of the big six accounting firms (I probably just aged myself and yes, there were six at the time lol) or a small technology company. I chose the latter and it gave me the opportunity to gain experience in many business critical areas from sales and marketing, operations, customer service, IT, HR, you name it. More importantly, I was able to experience first-hand the business journey of a small business owner from near start to growth and success.
Early in my career, the owner gave me part of his company. I didn’t expect it, so it was a sweet surprise, and I was extremely grateful, but I asked him “Why?” He told me 1) he trusted me, 2) I helped him grow his business and he really appreciated it, and 3) he could tell that I really cared about the company and its success. Little did I know how much this would serve me later!
Fast forward, the company grew. I was involved in expanding its footprint from CA to nationwide. We opened offices internationally, part of which I managed and was responsible for. We created jobs, the staff grew and the company made millions. Despite these high-level achievements, I found myself feeling dissatisfied and unfulfilled. I lost the passion for my job, my purpose, joy, and peace in my life. I didn’t understand why. I did what my parents and family told me to do. Finish college. Get a good job and make good money. Be successful and you’ll be happy. Well, I did all that and then some, yet here I was feeling unhappy and lost. One day, God answered my prayers and gave me a way out. That’s when my new adventure as an entrepreneur began.
There was a lot of soul searching and self-discovery in the beginning. A lot of praying too! I had an opportunity now to do whatever I wanted to do with my career and life. This is not something to be taken lightly! I wanted joy, fun, passion, and excitement while making a positive impact. Whatever I did, it had to represent something bigger than me. I eventually realized that all I really wanted to do was help business owners, who are visionaries, realize their vision and that was the birth of my company REALIZE YOUR VISION.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nothing in the world worth having comes easy. I wanted purpose, joy, and fulfillment back in my life and in pursuit of that as an entrepreneur, I learned that my life was void of self-care and self-love. These, in my opinion, are essential if you want to succeed in business and more importantly, if you want the life that you desire.
I did not love myself. I didn’t know how to and it’s a huge part of why I felt a low sense of worth and value despite all that I had accomplished in my life. I never made myself a priority and put everyone else’s needs above my own. I realized that I hardly ever said “No” nor set any healthy boundaries for myself. All this needed to change in order for me to serve in a much bigger way and at my highest level.
Given my culture and upbringing, this is difficult for me to share out in the open, because I don’t want to dishonor my parents, family or the authority figures in my life that had helped to shape who I am and whom I love. I share this, however, for those who find themselves in the same boat and can relate. I want you to know that you are not alone, that you are worthy of love and you are more than enough. So make yourself a priority, take care of yourself and LOVE YOU. It will change your life and your business.
Please tell us about Realize Your Vision.
I decided to start my own business and, with its success, do my part to make a positive difference in the world by creating jobs, positively impacting the nation’s economy and giving back. Then I realized that if I can help 10s, 100s, 1000s of business owners succeed, then the impact would be exponentially greater. I have been serving and working with visionary CEOs and business owners for 23+ years helping them turn their visions into reality, thus my company REALIZE YOUR VISION, which provides business coaching and consulting services.
I’m personally known in the industry as a trusted advisor and strategist to CEOs and business owners as well as progress expert. At REALIZE YOUR VISION, we specialize in helping small business owners succeed by providing the empowerment, advice, and strategies they need to achieve goals, increase revenue and profitability. We transform businesses by transforming the business journey experience and we have a lot of FUN doing it!
Per the SBA, 30% of small businesses fail within the 1st year. Not even 50% of them make it to three years. I’d like to radically change those numbers.
I love small business and believe that there is tremendous POWER IN SMALL. That’s why I’ve created the StuckSucks movement. It’s all about making a difference in the world through small business success. Through the StuckSucks Movement, we want to empower small businesses to succeed, to help them recognize the power of their success in making a difference in the world and then to inspire them to make an even greater impact by giving back to whatever cause deeply touches them. Imagine if each small business created a positive ripple in the world? I get goose bumps thinking about it! StuckSucks…Join the movement!
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I believe that SUCCESS starts with LOVE. You have to believe in yourself and in your dreams to start a business. To believe in yourself, you need to LOVE YOU. If I had a chance to do it all over again, I would have started it with ME, my inner game and my SELF-LOVE. The second thing I would do is get someone like me, a coach, trusted advisor and mentor, to have “in my back pocket.” I would not have started doing everything on my own and I know it would have helped to accelerate progress towards my goals as well as to change my business journey experience.
- 30 minute business consultation – FREE
- 1 hour StuckSucks Breakthrough Session – $397 (Sign-up due to VoyageLA and we will gift you the session for FREE)
- Website: realize-yourvision.com
- Phone: 909-395-6867
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @realizeyourvision
- Facebook: @Realize.Your.Vision.RYV
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheilaandres/
Roland Andres, Stephanie Loomis, Carlos Garcia