A Heart Felt Thank You

William Wilson ThinkingI usually post about my thoughts on business. But today I’m doing something different. This post is all about you guys.

I want to thank you all for your support, and help in growing William Wilson Clothing into the brand it is today. Thank you for the lessons you’ve taught me, and for all the encouragement. William Wilson Clothing will be 5 years old in November. I started it with no clothing, retail or apparel experience. I’ve never taken a fashion class, and I knew no one in the business. By all accounts, I was completely unqualified to be a clothing designer; let alone clothing for celebrities. I was totally lost, and I should have failed.  You guys have no idea how many times I was swinging in the breeze, and you came through for me when I needed you most. From volunteering at my golf event, to commenting on my blogs, to congratulating me when I posted news on social media, to purchasing my clothing and coming to my speaking events, you guys have been there.

Contrary to popular belief, there are times that I am down. Times that I feel completely lost. And times that I scared out of my mind that an idea won’t work. There were times I thought I was spinning my wheels, and just before I decided to pull the plug on a project, one of you would tell me “Keep up the good work.” or “You’re an inspiration.” You always came through when I needed it. You have always had my back, and that is something I could NEVER repay you for.

I even want to thank my “haters”. Yes, I want to thank you too. You made me pay attention to every single detail. You kept me on my toes. And thanks to your incessant critique, ridicule and negative comments, my brand is much stronger than it ever would have been without you. I’m sure you probably didn’t mean to, but you made me better. You made my company better.

At the end of the day, there’s nothing special about me. I’m a country boy, from a small town, in Arkansas. I live my life simple, because it’s what I understand. Growing up, all I had was a hope and a dream. When I see what God has done for me, it’s overwhelming. Sometimes I wake up in the morning, and as I lay in bed and look out at the Charlotte skyline, I find myself crying. Not from sadness. But from disbelief. I can’t believe my life. I can’t believe what God has done for me. I can’t believe the amazing support system (and that includes you) God has put in my life. I’m not overly gifted. I’m just a guy with ideas. And thanks to AMAZING people like you all, some of those ideas have come to fruition. I could never had done this without you. This has been an incredible journey so far. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I don’t know how long the success will last. And I can’t possibly imagine where this will go. But what I do know is, whereever this goes, I want God to be there. And I want you guys to be there too. I love you guys. And thank you again for all of your support. Until next time…..

God bless and dress well!

William Wilson, CEO

William Wilson Clothing

Follow William on Twitter: @TheClothier

 

Losing Weight Is No Excuse To Look Bad

William Wilson ThinkingLosing weight is no excuse to look bad. There’s no other way to say it. I often meet people that are losing weight, and they want to wait to order their custom suits. That makes PERFECT sense. Custom suits tend to come with a hefty price tag, and are made to your body. Since your body is changing, it makes no sense to order them. They won’t fit when they come in anyway. So what should you do if you want to keep looking good while you’re losing weight, you ask?

It’s a 2-step process. The first step is to get yourself an alterations person. This allows you to keep looking good without having to buy new clothes. It also serves three other purposes.

1. It keeps your clothes looking good on you, and allows you to feel good about your new body.

2. It allows you to show off that new body to the world.

3. It keeps you accountable to stay at your weight, or keep losing more. If you keep your clothes the same size, you don’t notice if you gain the weight back because you still fit into the clothes.

Of course, you can only get clothes tailored so much. Eventually, they can no longer be altered. This brings us to the second phase. Invest in less expensive (but not lesser quality) off the rack suits. Get them tailored as well. (I recommend my new William Everette collection) This allows you to maintain a clean, respectable, professional look while you lose weight, without spending a lot of money. I also recommend you purchase a blue suit and a grey suit. These are the 2 most common colors in business. And when worn with different shirts and ties, can provide you with numerous different looks while only using 2 suits. So it’s crafty, creative, and cost effective.

You may ask why this matters. Easy. The average person forms an opinion about someone, based solely off of their appearance in 2.9 seconds. In a world that is so highly competitive, your first impression may dictate whether or not you even get an opportunity for a first conversation. No one wants to do business with sloppy people. Sloppy clothing equals a sloppy appearance. A sloppy appearance means you live, work and act sloppy. This may not always be true, but it’s perception. And one’s perception is one’s reality. It doesn’t matter if you’re the smartest person in the room, if you look like the sloppiest. But then again, what do I know. I only dress people for a living. I could be wrong. 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