Kristina Bouweiri
Business owner

Kristina Bouweiri

Owns and operates Reston Limousine, one of the D.C. area's largest limousine and shuttle services.


Get involved, create a network

Q: Does success breed success? Are people more likely to succeed if they wind up with a successful organization like the New York Yankees or performing beside stars such as Derek Jeter? How often does the expectation and aura of success become a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Yes, of course, success breeds success. In my business, our chauffeurs are our "ambassadors." When the company is successful, we are able to hire even more talented employees who become our ambassadors. When a company is successful, it can afford higher salaries and offer better benefits. This all trickles down to the front-line employee. When the employee is happy and proud to work at a company, the client is treated well and receives great service. This creates repeat customers. Success breeds success, and people want to work for a successful company!

On a personal note, I believe you are the average of the 10 people you spend the most time with. If those 10 people are successful, you will be successful. You will be introduced to their friends and their friends become your friends. I've found through time that you are only as good as your network. It is who you know and not what you know.

When I bought land in 2000 to build a facility in Loudoun County, I ran into a zoning problem. I called my lawyer for advice and was told, "Well, who do you know?" I replied that I didn't know anybody. From that day forward I realized I needed to network and meet more people. I had been a member of the local Chamber, but not active. I joined committees and helped organizations raise money and find new members. Today, I sit on seven boards and I can honestly say that I probably know how to connect with almost anyone in Loudoun County.

Lesson learned: It's important to be involved in your community and create a network that you can tap into when you need it.

By Kristina Bouweiri  |  November 5, 2009; 11:08 AM ET  | Category:  successful connections Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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