We had the good fortune of connecting with Nayendi Santos and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nayendi, what is the most important factor behind your success?
What is the most important factor behind your success / brand?

There have been many important factors behind my success within this organization. One of my most important factors is me being an African American Hispanic Garifuna Women. I speak and write in Spanish and I am very proud to say that I am the first young entrepreneur in my community. I started part time with UWE while I was working full time as a manager for a financial corporation. My past leadership and skill played a major part in my management role with this organization, but like we all know corporate America will always have it’s obstacles. My salary as a Manager was only $18hr, and that was considered a “good pay”, because I was in charge of the What is the most important factor behind your success / brand?

There have been many important factors behind my success within this organization. One of my most important factors is me being an African American Hispanic Garifuna Women. I speak and write in Spanish and I am very proud to say that I am the first young entrepreneur in my community. I started part time with UWE while I was working full time as a manager for a financial corporation. My past leadership and skill played a major part in my management role with this organization, but like we all know corporate America will always have it’s obstacles. My salary as a Manager was only $18hr, and that was considered a “good pay”, because I was in charge of the hispanic department. My background also consisted of a teaching assistant, and at my young age I also managed about 10+ employees for compressor organization. Also, while I was working a 9-5 job, I started my own Catering business. I grew up in an entrepreneurship family, and at a young age, I knew I wanted to start my business at some point in my life. My catering business grew from California to Texas. I did this on the weekends and it was how I learned about networking with other people.

After working 4yrs with my past financial organization, I got laid off. One morning I walked in and my things were nicely packed in a box with my last check. This is when I decided to take my business with UWE to the next level. At first I struggled with this business because I faced a lot of rejection from both cultures. All these rejections, and downfalls led me to overcome many of my fears, challenges, and to learn from other cultural backgrounds. My success has helped me make an impact in my Spanish community. For example, I have been able to educate my community on the importance of financial literacy. Due to the lack of financial education in our community, many come to this country just to work with no financial stability. Since some of our family members when they come to this country did not come with financial literacy, my goal has always been to help other families break the cycle. I’ve educated families where they did not even know what a credit score was, or they had no plans of being financially free in this country. They come to this country and work 8hrs, 12hrs 7days a week having 3 jobs thinking this is normal. Another important impact of my success has been the importance of educating the youth in savings, and budgeting for their future. My eldest daughter has been my very own testimony when it comes to understanding the importance of youth financial literacy.

My main and most important factor behind my success have been my daughters. They have been my support, and motor in life to keep working towards my success and their future. They have also witnessed the long hours, late nights, and hard work that I have been building during my success to build a legacy for them. department. My background also consisted of a teaching assistant, and at my young age I also managed about 10+ employees for compressor organization. Also, while I was working a 9-5 job, I started my own Catering business. I grew up in an entrepreneurship family, and at a young age, I knew I wanted to start my business at some point in my life. My catering business grew from California to Texas. I did this on the weekends and it was how I learned about networking with other people.

After working 4yrs with my past financial organization, I got laid off. One morning I walked in and my things were nicely packed in a box with my last check. This is when I decided to take my business with UWE to the next level. At first I struggled with this business because I faced a lot of rejection from both cultures. All these rejections, and downfalls led me to overcome many of my fears, challenges, and to learn from other cultural backgrounds. My success has helped me make an impact in my Spanish community. For example, I have been able to educate my community on the importance of financial literacy. Due to the lack of financial education in our community, many come to this country just to work with no financial stability. Since some of our family members when they come to this country did not come with financial literacy, my goal has always been to help other families break the cycle. I’ve educated families where they did not even know what a credit score was, or they had no plans of being financially free in this country. They come to this country and work 8hrs, 12hrs 7days a week having 3 jobs thinking this is normal. Another important impact of my success has been the importance of educating the youth in savings, and budgeting for their future. My eldest daughter has been my very own testimony when it comes to understanding the importance of youth financial literacy.

My main and most important factor behind my success have been my daughters. They have been my support, and motor in life to keep working towards my success and their future. They have also witnessed the long hours, late nights, and hard work that I have been building during my success to build a legacy for them.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others? What sets me apart from others is that I want to see my team WIN all the time. From enrolling a customer to achieving their next title. I love to help them with my knowledge, experience, and anything that will help my team accomplish their goal. Also, what sets me aside from others is that I am always a student. Everyday I learn, attend training, take notes, and ask questions,because I know that at the end of the day all this information will help me and my team move to the next level.

What you are most proud of or excited about? One of the things that I am proud of is seeing any of my “shy” agents succeed in their business. Going from “ I don’t know anyone, I’m shy, or I can’t”,are the moments that make me very proud. Why? Because this means that I’ve been able to help them get out of their comfort zone and succeed in their business, and all this will bring me and my team more blessings. I am a fan of if you help from the heart the blessings will automatically come to your life.

How did you get to where you are today business-wise? Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? One of the ways that has helped me overcome my challenges is by working on my self-development, and reading books to help me overall. Self-development is such an important part of our lives that sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. I am a firm believer that self-development should be part of our everyday lives.

What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way? I’ve learned to be patient with my customers and agents. Not everyone moves fast, or will learn fast in this business. It’s a process that will take time. I’ve learned not judge because you never know if you will have your next SD or VP. I always go back to when I started and remember how hard it was for me to get out of my comfort zone, post a simple video on my social media, or expose my business outside in the field. Like they say “Patient is a virtue”.

What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story? What I want the world to know is my story. My story is full of struggles as well as wins in my life that have not been easy. Our struggles are what makes us stronger, knowledgeable and value our business. If it wasn’t for all my struggles, ups and downs (emotionally and physically), I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be here sharing my story. It has not been easy for me to reach my goals, but at the end of the day what matters is the wins I’ve gained through the process. The satisfaction to see how long I’ve come from since when I started my business is what makes my story unique and powerful.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

If my best friend was in town, I would show them around why Texas is very popular. We can start by visiting Houston, Texas which is known for its healthy concentration of Fortune 500 companies, representing the country’s biggest businesses.

We can start by having breakfast at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery. They have this breakfast plate called Signature flight Pancakes. Their pancakes are made of Pineapple Upside Down, Blueberry Danish & Pumpkin Pecan Pie pancakes and are unique in flavor. After breakfast, we can visit Space Center Houston. It is one of the only places on earth where visitors can see astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock and take a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA. Then we can visit Houston’s Museum District. The Museum District is one of Houston’s greatest cultural attractions, with 19 museums residing in this beautiful area of downtown.

We can’t leave the shopping experience when you are visiting another place. Shopping at the Vintage Stores on 19th Street in The Heights is an amazing experience. It has all kinds of shops selling everything from evening gowns to casual clothing, as well as jewelry, and all kinds of unique items. This is also a good place to shop for gifts. The merchandise is not all vintage; some places sell new pieces or a mix of new and old. Even if you are not looking to buy anything, the whole area is worth seeing and offers an amazing shopping experience.

We can end the day by attending the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It is Houston’s biggest annual event, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, is a fun 19-day event that brings the whole city out to celebrate in February or March. There are carnival rides, games, and food stands, and enough entertainment to keep you busy indefinitely. At the rodeo events, you get to see the cowboys showing off their skills in a variety of areas. In the evening, some of the biggest names in music perform on stage.

I would say that the best experience of visiting a different state, besides that state’s unique attractions, would be the food. Food is very cultural and food brings happiness to us, whether it be with our families, friends gathering or a business meeting. For example, An amazing business dinner could be the start of an amazing business partnership. Food is Life!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I will love to give a shout out to God first for always protecting me and pushing me second my parents for the education given to me even if there not here with me anymore. My amazing mentor’s Nizaya Rowe, Tk Martin, Ajeya Hongo and My team and all the people that believe in me .

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