Michelle Yvonne Mills
Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur
Michelle is a serial entrepreneur, having been actively involved in Avroy Shlain, BALLtron, Honey Accessories, Jean Guthrie Beauty Care, Angel Lifestyle, Abundance Network and SDL direct selling and network marketing companies since 1997.
In 1994 Michelle achieved the title Competent Toastmaster, and in 1996 she won the Cosmopolitan High Flyers of the Year Award. Michelle and her husband Bruce have been Bible School Lecturers since 2009, and qualified with a Diploma in Ministry in 2011. They have recently launched Kaizen SHEQ, which is a SHEQ consulting company, and have also opened their own Eish2o X-press franchise.
She is the author of the upcoming book “From Fan to Fortune: How Understanding Soccer Can Improve Your Finances”, which is a Financial Literacy book, which uses soccer as a Language to explain financial concepts, which is due for release in 2017; and has co-authored “20 Beautiful Women: Africa Edition” – available here.
Project Management Professional (PMP)
I like to live life to the full. Now, I’m not the kind who’d translate that into skydiving or bungee jumping… but I recognise that there are those who do. In fact I recognise that living life to the full means different things to different people. The common factor, however, is that it usually takes money… and planning. When I put my mind to something I stick with it until I get there (or die trying (as my friends would say), but that level of effort is often not required).
When it comes to goals, some seem to think I intend to “take over the world”… but I’m more down to earth than that. I truly believe that there is a better way to do practically everything. I will research whatever happens to be my ‘flavour of the month’ and then try the options I’ve found. Sure I find some duds along the way, but overall I find that if you simply take life as it comes along, you’re getting a raw deal. You need to push back, challenge the norm and see if you can’t wrangle a better deal each time. And don’t for a moment think I go for win-lose deals… those aren’t sustainable long-term. The deal needs to be value-for-value with a relationship that both parties are happy to continue going forward.
A bit about my background… we grew up knowing financial hard times. Not that I was really aware of it, until I saw my friends next door having a ‘different’ life experience to what we were. Our folks could cook up 1001 things with mince, and 101 stews. I’ll tell you this… if I never eat butter beans in my life again, it will be too soon. There were some decisions I made early in life, and that was one of them. KFC was too expensive for our family of five and the first time I ever went to a larny restaurant, I was so sick with excitement I’d lost my appetite by the time I got there.
By the time I was a teenager I started making chocolates to sell at school to make some pocket money. I’ve been in many direct selling companies since, and now market financial products this way. I am totally sold on the concept and my company… give me 1/2 a chance and I’d bowl you over with my enthusiasm I am fully persuaded that this industry and my company particularly are the best vehicles to financial freedom. The timing is your choice, but I can assure you that the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll succeed.