Before she became known as an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, CEO and author, Stormy Wellington was a stripper and teenage mom with two kids.
Her background was not much prettier, having grown up in foster care in the midst of abuse, poverty and more barriers than you can imagine. While she could have given into these barriers and followed that same path, Stormy wanted something completely different for herself and her children. Now, she is a multi-millionaire, author, and millionaire coach and is on a mission to help 1000 families find their happiness and make six-figures in 2017.
SS: As I looked into your career, with all of your accomplishments I was blown away by all of your success that you have encountered at an early age. I also read that you were once in Foster Care, can you tell me more about how you went from being in Foster Care to being a Millionaire Coach?
Stormy: Well, my mom was a drug dealer and when I was nine-years-old she ended up doing some federal time and while she was away, she left my brother and me with a good friend of hers, who she thought would care for us. My brother and I looked up and the lady was abusing us, be it with a water hose or not feeding us properly. In order to escape the abuse, I called Child Protective Services and they ended up putting us into the Foster Care system. My brother and I were in Foster Care for about one and a half years, until mother got released from prison and came back to get us. A lot of things happened in between Foster Care and now, so you have to be a bit more specific with the question because I could give you two hours’ worth of conversation based on that one question.
SS: Okay, no worries. From what I’ve read there are a lot of children who get stuck in the Foster Care system, so what was it that motivated you and how did you get into entrepreneurship?
Stormy: Well, first and foremost as a young kid I watched my mom, a hustler, have this wonderful life full of freedom and money over my dad, who had a good job working for transit. I watched both of them closely and made a decision at a young age, that I did not want to be an employee. I did not want to be that person that had to go to a job and be told what time to eat, to take a break and to get off of work. Growing up I did all kinds of things in order to survive, I was a, did credit card scams, and sold drugs but I realized in order to become a millionaire, I would need to become an entrepreneur.
At the age of 18, I read Think and Grow Rich and I began to understand the mentality of an entrepreneur. I then opened up my first boutique and understood the power of being able to buy something for wholesale and having the ability to sell it for retail. The margin between wholesale and retail was pretty exciting to me and has always stuck with me. I had different jobs along the way I was a TSA Agent, in Real Estate, and a Bartender but in order for me to live a life of freedom I had to become an entrepreneur, working for others can place limits on the amount you can earn and grow.
I believe your next level is based on whom you walk with and through creating good relationships. Prior to getting involved with network marketing, I used to think that network marketing was a pyramid scam but when approached about the opportunity I got involved because I understood the power of wholesale versus retail. I will never forget when I met a lady that earned $13,000 for the month through the networking company, I attached myself to her and I began to serve her. I believe that you either pay your way into good relationships or you serve your way into good relationships. Since I didn’t have the money to pay her to coach me I became her little protégé so that I could be around her and learn from her. I was willing to help her with her kids, wash dishes, clean up and in return I learned what it took to be in my current position. I went from being broke and struggling, to making a million dollars before the age of 30-years-old.
SS: Do you feel that there are any unique challenges that you face as a woman in your career?
Stormy: You know what, I am a different kind of woman, I’ve heard women who deal with issues in business with men, such as flirting, being disrespected and being treated as less than because they are a woman but that has never been a problem of mine. The only problem that I can say that I have is in my personal relationships with men. I’m extremely determined and motivated, I’m very goal-oriented and so I have problems with balancing. My ambition makes it difficult for me relationship wise, if a man doesn’t have ambition like me and doesn’t go hard like me it can turn me off and I don’t think that is a good way to think. Just because I am fanatical about being able to provide for my family and to live my purpose, I can’t think that everybody is crazy and fanatical about life like I am. Honestly, my number one problem is being able to recognize balance and there are not a lot of men that are going to match Stormy Wellington’s hustle.
SS: What advice can you give young women who want to become an entrepreneur?
Stormy: Your goal should be to become a student of life information and seek as much information as possible. You can’t be a person that thinks you know everything. When you find something that you want to do in life, find yourself a mentor or a coach someone who has what you want. I believe people can learn a lot from the mistakes of mentors. So, you can either constantly make mistakes or bump your head or you can connect with someone and be a person that becomes determined and fanatical about your goal. Most importantly, never stop dreaming, set big goals and don’t ever let anybody tell you that you cannot accomplish them. Don’t allow yourself to become a product of your environment instead use your experiences as motivation.
SS: What do you feel separates you from other coaches?
Stormy: What separates me is that I have walked in your shoes, there is very little that a person has experienced that I have not experienced. I have been depressed, discouraged, fearful, doubtful, lonely, scared, talked about, abused, abandoned. I have done things that most people wouldn’t repeat in order to survive. My lights have been disconnected and my water was off, I have been through everything that you could possible think of try to give me an excuse as to why you can’t win. My advice comes from experience, so people can relate to me. I don’t read books and then give you quotes; I use my own life experiences sharing what I did to overcome, what I did to pull myself up by the bootstrap to turn my situation around. No one gave me anything, everything I have from my house to my cars, to my love, to my joy, to my peace I give it to myself through the grace of God. I still have the responsibilities to my family; I still set goals and still deal with challenges. I also recognize that God is my source and everything that I need and want is going to come by way of God putting a person in my life.
SS: Alright, and at your age now what would you tell your 18-year-old self if you were having a conversation with the you back then?
Stormy: At 18 years old, I was scared and confused. I had one son at 16 and was pregnant with my daughter and had been in a place where I was a dancer, so all I knew was the strip club. I grew up in an environment where my whole family either sold drugs or did drugs, so all I had been around was drugs and hustle. I was confused, I didn’t know what my life was going to look like, I would tell my 18-year-old self that everything that you experience is going to prepare you for what God has for you. So, from the age of 16 up until yesterday, everything is preparing me for where I am and where I am going. Everything in life is preparation and you have to know how to recycle your pain and recycle the adversity.
SS: It’s 2017 so what is next for the Stormy Wellington Brand?
Stormy: Oh, my God… I mean doors are opening like never before, within the last 24-hours I got opportunities for a talk show, a reality TV show and I’m about to launch the Stormy Wellington training platform. I have the Wake Up and Win call that I do every Monday-Friday and now we are about to add live events. I have another book that I wrote called He Wants to Be She, which is definitely going to cause a disruption in the world! I want it all, everything God has for me, everything that belongs to Stormy I want it all and I am going to get it all. I am going to stay happy, healthy, peaceful and impactful. I’m just getting started; in 2017 I’m kicking the hinges off of doors and have so many more lives to help. My goal is to help 1,000 families become millionaires and I want to be in the Guinness Book of World Records for helping 1,000 families that I can actually name, make a million dollars. I’m reading and growing mentally and spiritually so I am going to really show up in the year next year like I have never shown up before.
SS: Is there anything that I didn’t ask you that you would like to add?
Stormy: I would add that faith is power, we live in a society where everything is driven by social media where people create the life that they want others to see so don’t base your self-worth off of what others choose to share. Instead, be driven to discover your purpose find out what it is that God has for you and when you figure out what it is that God has for you and stay right there believe like never before and don’t allow doubt and fear to creep in. Every day you should be doing something that is going to make your future better regardless of what happened today know that tomorrow is coming, do everything you can today to make tomorrow a better tomorrow.
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