Leader in the Spotlight: Sheena Chavez-Agustin
Miss Sophie. Trend Aﬁcionado. Hard-nosed Modern.
NAME: Sheena Chavez-Agustin
*Member since January 2019
HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT SOPHIE PARIS AND OUR PRODUCTS?
I’ve never heard of Sophie Paris in my entire life until my friend, Rogyn, showed me the pink tote one day and it caught my eye. Later on, she invited me to join the Sophie Paris business and I started to fall in love with Sophie. I was really impressed with the actual products! No doubt, Sophie products are high-quality and durable. Plus, you’ll definitely turn heads with the cosmetics because you’ll look chic and classy. This I tell you, Sophie deserves a spot in your collection. You simply can’t say no.
WHAT ENCOURAGED YOU TO PURSUE A SOPHIE BUSINESS?
I was looking for comfort and flexibility at the same time. I wanted to do something I believe I am good at and passionate about. When I started my Sophie business last January 2019, I noticed stability and opportunity slowly coming in after a personal crisis. At this point in my life, there’s nothing that’s holding me back from doing the things that I love and loving the things I do.
HOW WAS THE START OF YOUR SOPHIE JOURNEY?
I was fairly overwhelmed by the bulk of orders on my first day of selling Sophie products. I was promoted as Silver Franchisee on my first month, Gold on my second and Diamond on my third. Shortly after, you can imagine my surprise and excitement when I was promoted to Executive Franchisee, the highest position one can hold in Sophie, in just a span of 11 months! I was able to develop 33 Franchisees and end 2019 with a big bang as an SLC Ambassador 3! I was moved with gratitude and I saw a new light for my family’s future. What a whirlwind but what a blessing!
WHAT WERE YOUR INITIAL FEARS AND CHALLENGES & HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I didn’t have fears and self-doubt in the business but I had encountered negative influences. But I just kept going, worked hard, and trusted myself and my ability to sell by consistently delivering outstanding customer service. While I agree that many may be impressed by a pleasing appearance, nothing beats excellent work ethics.
DO YOU FEEL THAT SOPHIE WAS ABLE TO DEVELOP YOU PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY?
Yes, Sophie developed me in many ways! I seem to have been born with a love for fashion and storytelling, and I am able to pursue both passions through Sophie. I am given the chance to inspire other people, help them get rid of negativity and self-doubt, and I get to learn important life lessons along the way as well. Sophie brings me happiness because it improves my morale, boosts my confidence and raises my level of self- fulfillment. I feel valued and recognized and it has made me realize that I am responsible for my own progress, and that I decide how much I want to earn.
HOW HAS SOPHIE HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS AND HOW HAS IT AFFECTED YOUR LIFE?
Sophie is very generous when it comes to sharing profits and bonuses to its members. I never thought that I could receive as much as Php 200,000 as a bonus for the whole year! The money I earned has helped sustain me and my family in our daily needs, pay our bills, loans, school expenses, and my parents’ medical needs. I was even able to travel in comfort with my family! There is really no shortcut to success. At the end of the day, I sleep patting myself on the back for grabbing this once-in-a-lifetime chance and for a job very well done.
WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT SOPHIE? WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO SUCCEED?
How my customers appreciate Sophie products, the great quality and the trendy designs, always keep me going. Not to mention the generous bonuses, freebies and rewards I receive that compensate the late hours I spend just to be able to hit the target I aspire to reach each month. I also have an incredible family and support system who pushes me to pursue my dreams. My family and my faith, they are my rock.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS YOU WANT TO SHARE TO OTHER SOPHIE MEMBERS WHO ASPIRE TO BECOME SOPHIE LEADERS?
Success in the Sophie business comes with working hard and being smart. Facing setbacks is inevitable. Stress might cripple you, self-doubt may consume you but remember that perseverance is what sets apart the successful from the not. Don’t give up easily. You have to put in lots of effort and work hard for what you want because you won’t get it for free. And don’t forget to enjoy and have fun. The rewards will be so much greater when you succeed.
WHAT IS YOUR SOPHIE GOAL THIS 2020?
I aim for a stronger and bigger network this year and in the years ahead. I want to be an example, a coach, and a guide. I plan to use my success and my being an Executive Franchisee to bring goodness to customers and my team. I want to help others to be in my shoes. I feel very fortunate to be able to reach out to buyers, coach newbies and inspire my team on a regular basis. I say this is a career choice that moves you forward and the business that has the potential to change the lives of others as it has changed mine. Indeed, Sophie is a win for everyone!