Brett Wiggins is a businessman who represents Vector, the single-level direct sales company that sells CUTCO®. Brett recruits the best students in his territory to sell the best knives in the world.
Brett lost his mother as a teenager and did not have his father around for a long stint of his life. He thinks those two events caused him to take quite a bit of self-responsibility at a young age as well as the ability to be hit with adversity and embrace it. We’ve all got to make the most of the cards we are dealt with. While always striving to improve our hand and the hand of those around us. Brett recognizes moments where he leans on this type of thinking in his own leadership more often than not.
“I actually don’t think I’m unique at all. I believe most of us have an inner calling to help others – sadly many don’t find an opportunity to or get surrounded by those that will bring out that side of them. I did.” Brett states.
There are four strategic anchors he lives by when it comes to recruiting. Recruit the best, pursue best practices, achieve breakthroughs and do the right things. These are the four key concepts everyone in Brett’s organization revolves around. Brett’s duty is to help his teams to become the best version of themselves.
The primary driving force behind Brett’s decision to start his own business was his desire to help others. The business gives Brett complete flexibility with how and when to run the business. This has been particularly helpful when it comes to spending time with his loved ones. He highlights the tremendous sense of fulfilment he gains from helping students.
“I help students, at one of the most confusing times in their life, achieve things after graduation that many of their peers simply have not set themselves up to do.” Brett explains.
According to Brett, the greatest challenges when starting a business is shutting out the noise and staying committed when things go haywire. It’s critical that one stays committed during those moments of doubt. Doing so means getting rewarded for persisting in doing the right things even though at the current moment, things may not be exactly what one desires them to be.
“There are a lot of plates you could spin. Drop all of them and just focus on getting great at whatever your “one thing” is. At the end of the day, what matters most? Focus on that.” Recounts Brett.
Brett’s major inspiration to get into the industry stems from the people. At the age of 19, he was exposed to amazing leadership and individuals who cared for him. He also pinpoints the importance of mindset. Expectations are more important than skills. Your mindset creates your expectations, confidence and much more.
In Brett’s view, fear means one is afraid of losing something they care about. Fear is healthy as long as one doesn’t completely let it cripple their progress and causes a person to go through a period of inaction. Brett believes fear is indeed a superpower. It lets you know before it’s too late, that something isn’t going down the right path. Therefore, it gives you the ability to change before it’s too late.
“God’s got a plan for my life. Listening to and following that plan based on my relationship with Him is what I would define as success for me. I just try my best to be a great servant.” Concludes Brett.