Over the last 12+ years working with WineShop at Home (it will be 13 years in July OMG), I’ve been very focused on building my business and it’s paid off in tremendous ways. When I look back through the years, I see many, many successful experiences AND many, many failures – all of which I pour into my job as a WineShop at Home leader.
To me, my success is absolutely the result of hard work, serious self-reflection and personal growth and some downright difficult times that I sifted through carefully (and sometimes, super emotionally).
I really enjoy sharing my knowledge with my team and other members of the WineShop at Home community – but sometimes I think I’m only known for my professional persona.
Today I’d like to change that. Here are 15 things you don’t know about Diane Nozik!
1. I grew up in Southern California where I lived until I got my first big direct sales corporate job in Northern California at the age of 24. When I moved to Virginia in 2010 I didn’t even own a coat. Snow?! What was that?
2. My first job was in marketing for a nutritional multi-level marketing company. It wasn’t technically my first direct sales opportunity, but it was my first full-time, serious corporate position and when I worked there I learned a lot about the industry. What I really learned was I wanted to be on the FIELD SIDE!
3. I’m a devoted mom with two young boys. I feel that it’s my obligation to take care of my family, including my soon-to-be ex husband (and yes, from where I stand, he’s absolutely still part of the family and one of my closest friends).
4. I didn’t always love wine. I know, I know! But before I worked with WineShop I knew nothing about wine. In fact, I got married about 6 months before I started working with WineShop and once I knew a bit more about wine, I looked back at the wine list from my wedding reception and was h o r r f i e d at what I chose.
5. (Now I love wine, obviously).
6. I staked everything on WineShop being a good business move. And when I say everything, I really do mean everything. I bet the farm and quit my job within two weeks of joining (which I later learned that you’re not really supposed to do…)
7. I hate entertaining, but when I learned about WineShop’s wine tastings, I signed up right away. I thought it sounded like a lot of fun – and I was right! I still don’t enjoy entertaining. I find it so stressful. I love to be gracious and generous as a host but oh the stress of preparing!
8. Thanks to WineShop, I’ve had incredible opportunities to travel that I know I wouldn’t have had otherwise, and I’m not only talking about the incentive trips I’ve earned: I’m also talking about the vacations I’ve been able to afford thanks to the extra income I make from the business.
9. In my mind, I’m a stellar poker player (key phrase: in my mind). Maybe that’s why I keep getting invited back… hmmmm.
10. I LOVE real estate. Like LOVE LOVE LOVE it! My biggest hobby is buying and flipping houses when I have the extra time and income, and I also love owning rental properties. To be honest, this passion has been a driving force in building my business: the desire to not only own my first home, but to be able to build my portfolio of properties. And by the way, many of these real estate opportunities came through people I met at tastings. Just sayin’.
11. On that note, when things go wrong with my rental properties/house renovation projects/tenants, I have access to unlimited amounts of wine, so… you get where I’m going with this.
12. My favorite WineShop wine (besides the open bottle) right NOW (because it changes) is https://www.ferrari-carano.com/
13. I hate excuses. Don’t give me excuses. Just get your work done and we’re good. And feel free to call me on MY excuses.
14. I have a super amazing labradoodle who is a perfect dog. Because she is so perfect, I will never own another dog after her. Unless I clone her. I’m serious.
15. I owe my success in WineShop at Home to two things: first, time. I’ve been committed to this job for over a decade and I’ve learned A LOT. Second, I say YES as often as I can to trying new things – new wines, new ways of selling, and new techniques and ideas the company puts forward. I’m not afraid to fail. Okay, I’m actually really, really afraid of failing but I do it anyway.
I hope this post helped you get to know me a bit better. If you’ve been thinking about joining WineShop at Home, let’s talk! I promise to give you the no-bullshit lowdown on what it’s really like to be a WineShop consultant. Click HERE to connect with me directly.