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Victoria Wieck begins the show with a poem by Langston Hughes about what happens when our dreams die. She continues with a story about herself as a little girl living in South Korea, yearning to find out what was beyond the horizon, and wondering if America, the promised land, a place where all dreams can come true. Victoria shares how even when things look so bleak at times, it was important to never give up hope because nothing can overpower your passion and a burning desire to succeed. She documents how some of the most successful companies in the world got started with during economic meltdowns, natural disasters, or devasting wars by people who kept their hopes and dreams alive. Victoria lays out the case that now, in the middle of a pandemic, is a good time to rethink our priorities, and work on a path to living our dream life. According to Confucius, a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Victoria believes that the first step is to define your dream life. For her, it was being able to spend time with her family, make a living with her passion, jewelry design, and make enough money to have a little bit left over for a rainy day. What are key factors that determine your dream life?
Victoria Wieck is the epitome of the rags to riches American dream story. She immigrated from South Korea to America with her parents with only thirty dollars, and has built a multi-million dollar business with over $500 million in retail sales. After a series of corporate jobs, Victoria started her own company in 1989 on a shoestring budget to spend more time with her family. She has founded several other successful businesses since then. She’s worked with a wide variety of retailers world-wide ranging from major department stores to duty free stores, as well as internet and TV retailers. For the past 22 years (19 years on HSN, and 3 years on Shop HQ), Victoria has been sharing her jewelry designs with millions of viewers during her own monthly shows. She has built her highly successful business following her passion for jewelry, without sacrificing her family life. Throughout her career, she’s had to invent ways to have her products consistently outperform her competition and thrive. Victoria is also the author of the science fiction novel, Shattered Sky, scheduled to be released in 2021. She completed a B.S. degree in Economics from UCLA, and an MBA with emphasis in Marketing and Finance from USC.
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