I met Laura Wayland in the stands of our sons' baseball game a couple years ago… when she and her husband were FIRST considering expanding their existing business to our small town. BOY am I glad they made the leap… visiting Chip's Beer and Wine is a regular Friday event for me now! Meet Laura, wine lover, successful business owner, (my) neighbor and TRULY a woman who WOWS!
What ONE THING do you think gives a woman the "WOW" factor?
The ability to inspire others!
What three female celebrities do you think we could learn from – and what ONE sentence lesson do they teach us?
Wow, I don’t know why I am having such trouble with this one. I don’t really follow celebrities, but in thinking about it I would definitely have to include Oprah Winfrey. She has taught me to listen and learn from others experiences and to listen to good advice. She is inspiring! Wonder Woman was my all time favorite super hero when I was little. I would intently watch her show. She is the epitome of girl power and I love it! Mary Kay Ash. Although, she is not technically a celebrity. She is an entrepreneur, businesswoman and enabled women to go to work for themselves in a time when it is was not that celebrated. I admire people that step out of the box, like she did.
What is the most important lesson you learned from YOUR Mom?
When you get knocked down, pick yourself back up. My mom was a single mom, working a full time job and taking me and my three sisters to every activity in the world. She always put us first and I saw strength in her that she probably didn’t even see in herself.
If women could instantly emulate ONE trait, habit or skill set that YOU possess, which trait, habit or skill set should it be?
I don’t take “no” for an answer. Actually, I don’t even think that world is in my vocabulary. If I want it, I go after it. I make it happen. I use my vision, I create and then take action.
What ONE success tip or strategy can you leave us with?
Do everything with intention and follow through. So many people lack the confidence to try and give up on themselves too easily. Have a vision, make a plan and follow through. Don’t give up on yourself so easily!