The Clothing Opportunity of a Lifetime

WilliamWilson-1186-2660233048-OI am excited to announce that I am in the pre-launch stage my first RTW (Ready to wear/ off the rack) brand for the William Wilson Clothing. The new brand is called William Everette, a 55-piece collection of the most popular business solids, as well as 5 pinstripe models. The full collection will range from Super 100-Super 160 wools, as well as a poly-rayon blend with a super 150 hand. (That just means it feels as good as a more expensive wool suit)

So what is this opportunity, you’re wondering? Well, I was going to launch the brand on September 1st.  But I decided to get some suits out on the street first, and give the people that supported me a chance to update their wardrobe with some great suits, and an amazing price. So, I’m going to sell 200 suits ranging from $200-$350. Again, this is ONLY 200 SUITS. Regular price will be between $495 and $695. William Everette is designed to be a “gateway brand”. Which simply means, it gets you into a William Wilson suit earlier, and as your career rises, you can move up to custom. I want to develop 20-30 year clothing relationships. This is the first step.

To order, schedule an appointment. You will pick out your suit and purchase at that time. If you are not in the Charlotte area, you can email me and we can get things worked out over email, but there will be processing and shipping charges.

If you’re wondering why I’d do this. That’s easy. You guys have always supported me, whether you could afford one of my suits or not. I’ve often been told “One of these days I’m going to be able to buy a William Wilson suit.” It feels good when people make wearing one of my suits a goal. It’s very humbling. I feel I’ve been successful because I’ve never put money before people. And I’ve tried to always help anyone I can. This allows me to do both. It allows some of you who, may not have $1500-$20,000 to drop on a custom suit, the chance to get a really great suit at a ridiculous price.

If you are interested in getting in on this opportunity, please email me at William@WilliamWilsonClothing.com. Or reach out to me on Twitter or Facebook. I look forward to serving your clothing needs. Until next time…..

God bless and dress well.

William Wilson, CEO

William Wilson Clothing

Follow William on Twitter: @TheClothier

Why Fear Is A Good Thing

William Wilson ThinkingI know you are thinking, “How can fear be a good thing?” You probably thinking of all the negative things that come with fear. Anxiety, nervousness, lack of sleep, on edge, and being in a constant state of uncertainty. Or as I like to call it, “ENTREPRENEURSHIP”. I know right about now, someone is thinking 2 Timothy 1:7 (For God hasn’t given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.) And I am not one to go against the Bible. But before you get on your holy high horse, we ALL do PLENTY of things on a regular basis that God didn’t give us a spirit of.  So let’s not be sanctimonious here please.

Fear is good for 3 reasons:

1. Fear makes you pay attention. When you are scared, you pay attention to everything around you. You look for anything out of place. You make sure you cover all of the vulnerabilities that you can. You make sure to dot your I’s, and cross your T’s. Kind of like when the police are behind you. You make sure you drive the speed limit, use your turn signals, have on your seat belt, and you don’t text and drive.

2. Fear makes you appreciate things. When you fear losing something, you pay more attention to it. It moves up your priority list. You either handle it yourself, or you put your BEST person on it. When you’re afraid you are about to lose your best client (or your significant other) you make sure to do everything you can to keep them. You stop focusing on how much more you can add to your portfolio, and focus on paying attention to what you already have.  After all, adding new customers, while losing old ones, is a net zero gain.

3. Last and most importantly. Fear means you’re taking a chance. If you start  a new venture and you’re not afraid it will fail, then you aren’t really taking a risk. You’re just playing it safe. You’re not making moves, you’re just treading water. That’s not to insult anyone. It’s just the truth. It isn’t always a bad thing. You shouldn’t try to always hit home runs. Sometimes you just need to get on base. But if you NEVER feel afraid of failure, embarrassment, or losing; you haven’t fully invested yourself in it.

Life is about taking chances. That’s why it’s a risk. I have been more successful than I deserve to be. And I fail. I FAIL A LOT! Every time I launch a new brand, begin a new initiative, or try an idea- I am scared to death it won’t work. The night before my William Wilson Celebrity Invitational Party I can barely sleep. That entire day I’m nervous people won’t show up. Then I’m nervous they won’t have a good time. I’m nervous the next day it’s going to rain, and people won’t get to play golf. My stomach is in knots that the celebrities that graciously give their time to come play won’t have a good time and won’t come back. Every year, God blesses me with a successful event, and the next year I’m just as nervous as before. This is not just the life of an entrepreneur. It’s life period. Take some chances. Get out of your comfort zone. Take a risk. Will you fail? Maybe. Can you guarantee your risk will pay off? No. But when you take a big chance, and you’re worried it won’t work. And you pray and you pray; and when the time comes, it works. There is no other feeling on Earth like it. Give it a shot. It just may work. Until next time…..

God bless and dress well.

William Wilson, CEO

William Wilson Clothing.

Follow William on Twitter: @TheClothier

Help Me Enhance Your “Perspective”

I created The William Wilson Perspective, with one goal in mind; “Help as many people as I can”. I like to think that I have done that, but I want to be able to do more. So, in an attempt to be more interactive, I’m changing The Perspective from a text only format to a video/ text format. I will be answering questions, on video, that I receive from you via my Facebook fan page, or Twitter. So please send your questions to me. You can ask about anything, business, branding, lifestyle, entrepreneurship, how to dress, or just the way I approach life. As long as they aren’t too personal, I will answer just about any type of question.

I look forward to using this format to help as many people as possible. Please understand I may not be able to answer ever question that I’m asked. Maybe some of you will have the same question, which I often encounter. But I will do everything I can to answer them as I can.

This post in an example of  the new “vlog” format. Archives of posts will be here at The William Wilson Perspective. But they will also be available on my YouTube channel ” The William Wilson. Feel free to subscribe to both my blog and my YouTube channel. I hope to hear from you soon. Until next time….

God bless and dress well.

William Wilson, CEO

William Wilson Clothing

William Wilson Thinking

William Wilson

I was talking with a friend of mine, Keith Cradle, and I made the statement “Hustling isn’t the same as being an entrepreneur.” Regardless of what bravado you hear spew from the mouths of rappers, or words if wisdom you receive from the guy “getting his grind on”; hustling is NOT entrepreneurship. Hustlers are out to  make money, however they can make it. It’s their sole purpose in life. Entrepreneurs are out to make money as well. But hustlers lack commitment, dedication and sacrifice. They will try something for a while, and if it doesn’t make them money quick enough, they are off to the next “great idea”. We all know that guy that is always starting something new, always has a plan, and is always “on the grind”, but never seems to be actually accomplishing anything. THAT is a hustler. Always busy, never producing. Wanting something really bad doesn’t mean your committed, and chasing money doesn’t make you an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs understand there’s a process. They know there is no such thing as a “get rich quick” scheme. Entrepreneurs understand that success is going to come with sacrifice, commitment, joys and failures. They know that it takes time to become successful. They know it will consume significant amounts of their days AND nights. In short, entrepreneurship is a lifestyle, not a career. Many of you won’t want to hear this, but the fact is, you’re not built for entrepreneurship. You’re not built to sacrifice relationships, personal pleasure, and recreation in order to succeed. You’re not willing to eat Ramen Noodles for months in order to follow your dream. To get up at 5:30 every morning, and go to bed after midnight every night. To shop at Wal-Mart or K-Mart, instead of the mall, in order to invest more money into your business. To sit at home on a Saturday night doing research, while your friends are out partying in the club. You’d rather buy the new Jordans, or the new Louis Vuitton purse than to invest in a wardrobe that presents you as a professional (like a custom suit from William Wilson – LOL). You’re not willing to wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat wondering how you’re gonna make enough money to cover the rent. You’re not ready to tell your boyfriend/ girlfriend they are going to have to come second. You can’t party like your friends; because you see a bigger picture, and you have a bigger dream. It’s not in you. And it isn’t like Gatorade, you can’t just buy some. Big dreams require big heart, big commitment, big focus and enormous dedication. It requires a thick skin, and a ton of faith and resilience. Contrary to what some will tell you, entrepreneurship is more than business cards, websites, Facebook statuses and networking events. A business is a living breathing thing. And if you aren’t willing to commit to it, like you would a child, you have no business starting one. You’re just wasting your time. But if you are willing to sacrifice and withstand the worst that life may have to offer, and still keep fighting, then you just may have it in you. Only you know what you’re willing to give up. Until next time….. God bless and dress well, William Wilson, CEO William Wilson Clothing Follow William on Twitter: @TheClothier

The Truth About Failure

William Wilson, CEO

William Wilson, CEO

I’m an avid social media user. In fact, feel free to follow me on Twitter, (@TheClothier). One thing I’ve noticed about social media is the abundance of outrageous bravados and innuendos concerning failure. I can’t tell you how many tweets I’ve read with pure foolishness; “Refuse to lose,” “Failure is not an option,” “All I do is win,” and things like that. That is great propaganda as they sound great in rap songs and sports commercials. But the fact is, failure is not only an option, at some point, it’s a guarantee. It’s not a matter of IF, but is a matter of WHEN you will fail. Now I want you to understand something, failing, or losing, does not always mean catastrophe. Failure is part of success. You’re going to have wins and you’re going to have losses. That’s just part of the deal. You just hope that your wins overshadow your losses.

Ask any successful person and they will give you a laundry list of failures and ideas that didn’t work. They will tell you how their ideas made perfect sense and they knew they would work. They will tell you about the heartbreak of realizing their “can’t miss” missed big time. They will tell you about sitting up at night, wondering how they will make payroll. They will tell you of the pressures of worrying about if they will get another customer in time to keep the doors open. They will inundate you with countless stories of falling short of their hopes and dreams, and the feeling of pain that came with it.

However, if you continue talking with them, they will follow that up with the story of when one of their ideas finally worked. How it felt to finally break through the heartache and disappointment to finally taste sweet success. They will tell you how it felt to finally have a win to offset the negative opinions of the naysayers and non-believers that constantly told them they would fail, or that they weren’t good enough (Naysayers are what professionals call “haters”). But most importantly, they will tell you that finally winning made ALL the losing worthwhile.

I fail. I failed A LOT. I have more failures than I care to remember. I fail because I try things. I fail because I attempt to traverse the path less traveled. Some of my failures are small, but some are very big, and very public. In fact, just a couple of months ago I sent a tie to President Obama in hopes he would wear it during the Inauguration, and he did not. True enough, he may wear it at some point. But I wanted him to wear it during the Inauguration. THAT was my objective. I was willing to take the State of the Union as a consolation prize. But he didn’t wear it then either. I thought I had as good a shot as anyone, and I did. It just wasn’t in God’s plan, and it’s OK because I kept going, and I have had some great wins since then. I was asked to design the Champion’s Jacket for the Sprint All-Star Race, as well as the Official Speedway Club Member’s Jacket. So, though I had a big loss, I gained two big wins.

My point is, don’t fall for hype and bravado. Success may be easy, or difficult, depending on what you are attempting to do. But one thing that it’s guaranteed to be is fleeting. A win today means nothing next week. So you can neither get to high on a win nor too low on a loss; you just have to keep playing the game. If you do that, and give God room to operate, eventually you will win and it will be so very sweet!  Until next time….

God Bless and Dress Well,

William Wilson, CEO

William Wilson Clothing

It’s A New Year, But Is It The Same Old You?

William Wilson, CEO

William Wilson, CEO

Once again, we’ve reached a new year. Some of us were not so fortunate to reach this milestone. But for those of us who did, what are we going to do now? How will we make this year any different than last year? For many, the answer is nothing. Sure! We’ll make New Year’s resolutions, to start working out, stop drinking/ smoking, stop going to the clubs, start going to church, go back to school; the possibilities are endless. The point is, at some point in our lives, we have all been guilty of falling into the trap of making drastic changes in our lives on January 1st; only to return to business as usual by January 15th. Einstein said the definition of “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. I’m not immune to this myself.”

We all have changes we need to make, but fail to do so. It could be for many reasons; fear of being alone, fear of losing friends, fear of being ostracized, laziness, and but usually, it comes from a lack of commitment. It’s easy to come up with things we need to change, but until we stop talking it, and actually start walking it, we are lying to ourselves if we think things will get better.Happy New Year 2013

I was one of those people that would find a significant date, such as my birthday, Christmas, New Year’s, whatever day, and make a grand resolution to make a big change in my life. Then I’d change my mind. But, only after I decided to make some changes, and COMMITTED to those changes, did I begin to see real changes in my life. It wasn’t always easy. I lost friends. I had sleepless nights. I got ridiculed. Some people even turned on me because “I had changed.” Sometimes, those are the things that have to happen in order to achieve your best potential. Sometimes, you have to separate yourself from the things you care about most, to have the things you want most. Not everyone in your circle is your friend. Not everyone that opposes you is your enemy. Once I got through the initial shock and pain that came with the changes in my life, I began to see small signs of success. Then they got bigger, and became more frequent. Before I knew it, I had begun a whole new life. The changes I thought were huge changes were, in fact, very minute in respect to the other changes it led to. And though it was hard in the beginning, it was absolutely worth it.

When all you see is the obstacle, it’s impossible to see the success. A friend of mine once told me, “You don’t have to change your point of view, change your viewing point.” This was a monumental piece of advice that has served me well. I hope it can do the same for you. You have the power to decide how you want to live your life. You decide where you go, and why you go. You decide whether to stay in that relationship or not. You decide whether to buy that outfit or save some money. You decide whether to stay in bed or go workout. You decide whether to go to church or go tailgating. The fact is, how you live your life, and to some point, how successfully you live it is entirely in your hands. Will you actually make some changes this year, or will you join the millions that nag, complain, and annoy your friends with your “I need to stop…” or “I need to start…”? Stop bugging your friends with empty rhetoric, get off your butts, and get started. If you’re not going to do that, at least keep your nonsense to yourself. It’s slowing down the people who are actually TRYING to make some changes. Your life is in your hands, what you do with it is up to you. Until next time….

God Bless and dress well,

William Wilson, CEO

William Wilson Clothing

The Scene of the Crime Is Your Mind

William Wilson, CEO

Let me first acknowledge that I did not come up with the catchy phrase I used for this blog title. I got it from my Pastor Derwin Grey and Associate Pastor Paul Allen of Transformation Church. But as I was thinking of titles for this post, that phrase kept popping in my head.

Few of us ever see the success we are meant to have. Not because we aren’t capable. But because we don’t believe we are capable. We use a plethora of excuses for why we can’t accomplish certain things, or we make excuses for why others can. The belief in one’s self is the fundamental element that every successful person has. Whether your dream is to play professional sports, own a successful business, have wealth, or graduate from college; every one of these begins with the mindset that I CAN DO IT. I’m living proof.

I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth, or a wealth of successful family friends. I’m from a small farm town in rural Arkansas. I graduated in a class of 41 people. There was no internet when I graduated high school. When I started William Wilson Clothing, I knew no one in the industry, had no knowledge of the industry, or how it worked. What I did have was a belief that I could do it. Don’t get me wrong. I had fear. I was very afraid it wouldn’t work. A majority of my friends thought I was crazy, and I received more negative commentary than I did support. I honestly think the only 2 people that believed it would work was me and my mom, (and she probably just said it to make me feel better-LOL). I even lost one of my best friends while starting my company because she couldn’t understand that I couldn’t do all the things I used to do, and spend all my time in the same places if I wanted to make a change in my life. But I believed in me. I made a lot of mistakes, wasted money I didn’t have, and talked to people that would say positive things to my face, and slam me behind my back (well that part still happens- but I’m ok with that. It comes with the territory)

What I’m saying is “haters”, negative people, and fear will only prevail if you allow them to. I’m not saying every idea will work. They won’t! I have plenty of ideas that don’t work. I fail ALL THE TIME! Ideas are like jump shots. Even the best shooters miss more than they make. You just have to believe in yourself, and keep shooting. Eventually you will start to see success. Success breeds more success. As you achieve success, your mindset, attitude and environment will begin to change, and that’s when you will grow. That’s when you will see the success, that possibly, only YOU could see at the beginning. Don’t allow fear and negativity to stop your dream. Don’t let the scene of the crime, be your mind. Until next time…..

God bless and dress well,

William Wilson, CEO

William Wilson Clothing

Follow me on Twitter @theClothier