Former Convenience Store Manager, Now CEO of Successful Skin Care Brand

A former convenience store manager shared her inspiring story of success. Sarah Vidi Mercado encouraged other aspiring entrepreneurs to hold on to their dreams and work hard for their goals.

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Image by Sarah Mercado via Facebook

In a lengthy Facebook post, Sarah opened up about the struggles she went through before being successful. She is now the CEO/owner of Queen White, a popular skin care brand being distributed all over the country.

According to the successful entrepreneur, she has always been a dreamer. Growing up, she would always make a list of things she wanted to achieve. She wrote, “Ako si Sarah. Sarah pero hindi prinsesa. Maraming pangarap noon, puro suntok sa buwan lang at hanggang pangarap lang lahat ng yun!”

“Mahilig ako gumawa ng WISHLIST. Since bata pa ako. Binibigyan ko ang sarili ko ng GOAL para yun yung tatargetin ko. Hindi madali, minsan susukuan mo nalang ang pangarap mo dahil sa hirap ng buhay,” she added.

Sarah recalled the unfortunate events in her family’s life. They lost their home and land. At one point, they went bankrupt as all their properties were gone. In 2019, she lost all of her dreams when her father died.

Despite it all, Sarah held on to the lessons of her parents not to give up in life. She and her long-time boyfriend tried ways to earn more money. They sold coffee, peanuts and bread in their workplace. Every cent counts for them as they make their way to the top.

Sarah builds Queen White

According to Sarah, she only had three goals in life: a car, a house and a wedding. So she worked hard to accomplish them one by one.

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Image by Sarah Mercado via Facebook

Opportunity knocked when she and her boyfriend ventured into online selling. They started to build their skin care brand “Queen White.”

“Sa umpisa, mahirap. Super hirap mag establish ng brand lalo na’t wala naman akong kilala at hindi ako mahilig noon sa social media,” she recalled.

There were many times she felt she would like to give up because many sellers would reject their brand. But after a year, their hardwork finally paid off.

“Pagkalipas ng isang taon! Nakilala unti-unti si Queen White. Dumadami na ang tumatangkilik dito. Siyempre, kasi may ibubuga talaga ang produkto,” Sarah remarked.

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Image by Sarah Mercado via Facebook

Since then, Sarah started reaching all her goals on her wish list. She now owns a car, a van for deliveries, a condominium, got married, bought a lot and is now on the way to building her dream house.

“Hindi madali ang tinahak namin…butas ng karayom ang dinaanan bago makarating dito. Ang tanging alam ko lang ay hindi kami sumuko,” she said.

Sarah couldn’t help but be proud at how she transformed from a convenience store manager to a successful business owner.

Words of advice

In the end, Sarah shared her motivational words to those who are still struggling to reach their success in life.

She said, “Kaya ikaw? Pag sinimulan mo! Wag mong tatapusin. Tuloy-tuloy ka lang. Kahit narating mo na ang pangarap mo. Derecho lang. Wag kang titigil.”

The entrepreneur reminded others that while reaching our dreams may be challenging, it is more difficult to live with regrets of not having tried at all.

“Mahirap mabuhay, pero mas mahirap kung hindi mo susubukang mabuhay para sa pangarap mo. Laban lang!”

Sally Mae

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