Today we’d like to introduce you to Alison Saldana.
Alison, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It was 2008 and I was on my way to what I thought was my dream career, medicine but found the closer I came to actually enter into medical the less sure I was.
I watched someone in my family achieve equity in a company during the dot come boom where I grew up outside New York City and knew if it was the right place at the right time you don’t always get a second shot with destiny.
I sat for one master’s exam instead of what should have been two and went full time with PHP Agency as a life insurance agent aspiring to become a broker. I hit a hiccup Midcareer it had a lot to do with associations and mentors.
I pack my bags and moved to Plano, Tx from Fort Lauderdale Florida. I had a mentor in my life who always told me if a company gives you the chance to expand, many say No due to family, children and they miss opportunities. If you get offered the opportunity and take it – you immediately begin to separate yourself from the Pack. I left comfortable south Florida to start a small office of four other people to what has now become seven locations in DFW and expanded beyond all over the country. While this is a few sentences in the paragraph I have to be honest – there was many times I doubted myself, was unsure if I was doing the right thing and lacked female role models that were all in like I was. There were times that my family called me crazy but I realized my first-mile marker with an amazing team of people and earned equity in PHP before I turned 30 years old. Post earning such a mile marker it became my focus to get my teammates to the same spot. Focusing on my leadership skills, personal associations, challenging myself to bigger goals. In the process, I met my husband late in my career when I was focusing on anything but the opposite sex. I found someone with similar ambition that I do and it has challenged me to go to new heights. My tips to rising females;
1) take the change – there is never a right time
2) If someone gives you a chance to expand – take it – you already are separating yourself
3) Find a way to make people around you better – multiply their gifts
Entrepreneurship is one of biggest blessings the USA offers. Freedom to thrive and freedom to fail. Was your dream really to work for someone else forever? Glory only awaits the brave.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
1) Associations – I loved many of my friends but they always wanted to go out and is wanted to go into business
No one at my age as a female was doing what I was doing. I thought I was crazy regularly when I saw ladies wanting to go out and I wanted to win. Eventually, I found a strong circle and guarded those relationships
2) Stop waiting for perfect time. It doesn’t exist – there will always be someone or something off in your life but there are many others depending on you.
3) Stay away from negative people like the plague. We all have come across manipulative people in our life, even people who seem like they may have your best in mind in the beginning. They are off their rocker not you. Do whatever you can to keep them away from you and your team – they’re toxic. When people get like that it’s usually
because they’re jealous about how great you’re about to be.
4) Exercise is a prescription everyone needs. Exercise and your health keeps you light during the demands of running a business you own. You can handle 16 hour days instead of five and needing a latte.
5) Personal Development is undervalued. In a work-obsessed America some of my biggest relationships started off because I read a lot, I listened a lot and I could maintain conversations at a higher level.
6) Find time for you – weird obstacle. I am great in business but not as great with me. Three years into Dallas I think I cried three months straight. I was barely working out and lost 10 lbs. I almost destroyed my own business — don’t be afraid to seek outside mentors, not in your day to day that can offer a fresh prespective. I just needed time to upgrade my world to prove what I was doing worked. I got a new car new living area new clothes and not only did I end up better for me but for everyone else around me.
Please tell us about your work. What should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
PHP Agency gives the opportunity to entrepreneurs to go part-time 1099 while transitioning from cooperate, education, healthcare, other businesses. Our founder is Patrick Bet David who has #1 YouTube channel for entrepreneurs.
We help educate the public on their insurance resources they can use for their 401k, IRA/Roth, Life insurance, LTC, Annuities and debt settlement.
We are a minority-majority company and are 51% ladies and 54% Latin Americans with our average age 35.
I love our diversity we bring to stall industry.
The best part about us is the leadership development that we have. You can take any industry but without great leaders we have nothing. It’s a tricky thing to attract millennials, gen x and baby boomers to a typically mail dominated industry. Our skill set we get trained with is worth its weight in gold.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
1) Overshoot any goal a team member, leader, myself, community or a client has.
Success to me is helping people meet their goal they have. However big or small there’s a reason they made it is goal
I am particularly attracted to big vision /big thinking, I believe people typically underestimate what they’re capable of instead of reach for the Stars.
- $200/Mo-$10,000/mo initial investment
- Website: Thephpagency.com
- Phone: 9732297043
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @Rusakaly