Mariana Díaz - Emerald Director
Back in November 2012, having recently fully graduated as an architect in Spain, I decided to move to the UK with the hope of finding my 9 to 5 dream job. Spain was experiencing an economic crisis, and salaries were low, but most importantly, I lacked motivation.
I spent almost 2 years trying to build my confidence with the language by working with kids, both as a nanny and as a private Spanish teacher. After some time, I finally found my dream job as an architect, but after only 4 months, I began to feel unhappy. It was at that moment I realised that my real dream was not to get a dream job but to be able to be my OWN boss and spend quality time with my loved ones back in SPAIN.
In September 2015, I got a phone call from a friend of mine talking about this business opportunity that was giving her great results. I was looking for a way to make extra income to be able to quit my 9 to 5 job and start my own Architecture business, and this opportunity was the answer! It was clear to me. I felt this was going to be the vehicle that would allow me to enjoy life with my family and friends while working with my PASSION, architecture.
I had no clue how to do the business – but my WHY was BIG, and I trusted my heart and gave it my best. For the first one and a half years, I used my hour-long commute for my online business, and my thirty-minute lunch breaks to share the business opportunity on WhatsApp, video calls and also after work dinners with all my London based connections.
It was hard, and I often found myself in tears. I had no support from my family or friends, and I found it hard to sell the business opportunity in the UK. Most of my team ended up being from Spain and being very far away. No one understood why an architect would want to get involved in network marketing!
I just wanted to find a balance between my professional and personal life. I wanted to be a mum one day and be able to have a career while still staying at home to look after my own kids.
I asked myself if I was investing all this time in the right business. I was not sure. For 3 months during the summer of 2016, I even stopped sharing the business opportunity with others. But then I realised that things could really work out and I decided to try again.
January 2020 marked three years since I quit my job as an architect, thanks to the extra income I had generated with my network marketing business. Enough to BELIEVE in myself and start my own architecture firm, SPACIO architects. They have been the most amazing but also stressful years of my life. Building up a traditional business that was growing rapidly with a lot of projects on board, converting myself into a boss for many others when I only wanted to be a boss to myself. Even with this achievement, I chose not to quit my online business but continued putting seeds in it. I never stopped sharing the business opportunity with everyone. This allowed me, back in October 2019, to stop accepting as many architecture projects and just focus on the projects that I loved with the clients that I really liked.
IT DID NOT MATTER how tired I was, I recorded myself in a video sharing my goals and dreams when I first started my online business, and I DID IT. I am now free to travel wherever I want and continue working from a laptop or a smartphone. I always encouraged my team to share their WHY and GOALS with others as this fact makes you commit and make an endless effort to achieve them.
I always say this business is all about mindset – CREE, CONFIA, CRECE. In English, this translates to: BELIEVE in yourself, TRUST in the business model, and allow yourself to GROW, not only as a professional but more importantly, as a person.
As of April 2020, I have transformed my architect designing table into a whiteboard that says: “My 15-day ISOLATION PLAN”. It is full of new small and big goals to achieve in this period of uncertainty. I have a message of HOPE for everyone reading now: While this is a difficult time, we can still find the positives. It is a chance for all of us to learn and adapt to new ways of working and living – something I believe can continue long after this is over.
I feel immensely grateful to myself of four years ago, to have said YES to my HEART and not to my MIND. I feel grateful to my whole team, upline, downlines and crosslines. Everything I teach is based on what I learned from others and my own failures and successful experiences.
This is not only a business, but also a new lifestyle, and you can achieve it the same way I did if you BELIEVE in yourself and put in the endless efforts. And I know the veracity of all this because that GIRL achieving this success is ME.
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