We all can achieve knowledge


We all can achieve knowledge, in an easy way

The world gets more connected each day, and information is on everybody’s hands, any place, and any time, to maintain and to achieve knowledge is very important in order to accomplish goals on every profession or work.

We need to be open to new ways of thinking, to keep on learning on an innovated way, to think and to able to enter into unknown territories, leaving behind our comfort and our weakness.

Do not be limited to just one topic

Let’s start with a question, when you think of Leonardo da Vinci, which word comes to your mind? Painter? Writer? Architect? He was all that; therefore, the first rule is not to limit your knowledge to a just one topic. Steve Jobs explained that the Apple products were so perfectly designed because he attended to a calligraphy course; he wanted to perform this artistic work to the products of his company.

To exercise knowledge, we must try to eat food that we cannot pronounce, learn 50 words of a foreign language, socialize, learn how to read music, watch a movie on mute mode and try to understand the body language. Bottom line, get out of the comfort area and destroy the general way of thinking.

Failure is needed to success

The main key of the success is failure, if we learn from it, of course. We live a lot of failures during our live but if we learn the lessons we learn to avoid the same mistakes from happening again. Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg had a lot of failures before they were successful.

Sometimes getting out of the comfort area means to suffer before having the great ideas but hard work really pays off.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, thinks that if you want to be rich you just will need to work for it, for him, hard work does not mean working all day long but to feed our mind and to do different things if we want different results. “Some people think that money is bad, but we can do great things with it, we can help people, we can help our family”, expressed Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.


Manufacturer businesses helping Mexico’s growth


Manufacturer businesses are a great opportunity for Mexico’s growth

China has been increasing surprisingly slowly, this country is known as the “manufacturer of the world”, and this is a great opportunity for Mexico to increase its manufacturer base, but this country still has many things to work in first, such as low salaries or infrastructure.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, a manufacturer company in Mexico gave us his thoughts about this topic:

Interivewer: Do you think 2016 would be good for the manufacturer businesses in Mexico?

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal: Yes, I actually believe 2016 would be the key, it is the perfect opportunity to advance and grow on these type of businesses, and the Government is aware of this and has taken the necessary steps to support this sector.

I: How can Mexico be more competitive in front of China?

SJMV: With better infrastructure, low manufacturing costs used to be China’s main advantage but this has changed over the last years as the costs are higher than Mexico’s.

Germany and the United States are moving their manufacturing services off China to other countries offering lower costs, and Mexico is being benefited by this.

Mexico has the necessary environment to capture many of the manufacturing work once the United States starts getting back their work from Asia, but they will only get this working smartly.

An economy who depends of manufacturing, such as Mexico, cannot only develop and increase by keeping low salaries, society is a whole and it cannot let itself base its competitive by having low manufacturing costs only.

“Mexico has taken the necessary steps to change reforms that would benefit Mexicans, and the manufacturing sector would see the benefits of those changes by keeping low energy, communication and logistic costs, which would make us capable to keep low costs to our customers”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Five profitable businesses for 2016


Five profitable businesses for 2016, last trends review

 If you have decided that 2016 is the right year to be an entrepreneur, we will help you on this by letting you know which the most profitable businesses are for this year, per the last trends:

 Online stores – This is a trending topic for businesses, but recently, it has become stronger than ever, mainly because of the incentives that some brands have been offering to their consumers so they can buy their articles by the Internet, which is a popular tool nowadays for almost everything, this have made the online stores part of the most profitable businesses in 2016 and in the future.

Organic products sales – People is more worried than ever about the environmental care, which is great news for the planet and also a great opportunity to start a new business for entrepreneurs looking for new opportunities, as all those organic products and articles that are friendly with the environment will have excellent performances in 2016. Some of the biggest sales on this brand include organic food, electric cars, and solar panels.

Technological products – We are all involved with technology, whether we like it or not, it is undeniable to admit that technology has made many of our daily tasks much easier, and the technological products sales are trends that are becoming stronger as time goes by, you can combine this business with an online store, offering these items in a website, this can increase your sales considerably. Smartphones, tablets, drones and more technological equipment sales are part of this profitable business.

Products and services for pets – Another tendency in this 2016 is the increase on sales for products and services to pets, as the owners are looking for new ways to pamper them.

Smartphone applications – Another profitable trend that does not stop growing up, as people does not buy smartphones just to make calls anymore, they are constantly looking for new applications for their phones and those businesses dedicated to develop them are growing up fast.

 “Technology has much to do with the new growing businesses, and a proof of this is the increase of sales for all those companies related or dedicated to this brand”, thinks Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, about this news.

Taking breaks to be more productive

Taking breaks

Importance of taking breaks to be more productive

Have you ever been so busy working that you cannot even rest over the weekends? With this, I do not mean that you are sticked to your desk 24/7, but even when you are at home, watching a game or going out with your friends, your mind keep on thinking on those unsolved issues at your job, this is a common practice, but it is not healthy, as taking breaks can help you being more productive that being more hours at your office.

“Entrepreneurs know the importance of being present at their companies, but it is not healthy to obsess over it, resting is as important as knowing everything that goes around on the enterprise, it is only by taking breaks that our mind can be clear enough to think better on solving problems and thinking of new ideas to grow up business”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

Having time for yourself might sound as a luxury, or as something that can get us away from being present during important times in our company, but keep in mind that a conscious brain have limited capability to solve situations, while the subconscious is 800 times more powerful, so being away or “unconscious” of business, can be as important and help you finding solutions and succeeding.

Think of taking breaks as “rest of clarity”, this is a key for great leaders to be successful, as they have enough space to visualize future and place long-term goals, which is different to those who are always busy to take some rest from time to time, which makes it harder for them to solve problems.

“Being away from the office can give your brain an important rest and the opportunity to have creative moments, so spending time with the family, enjoying a good book, running, or making any type of hobby can benefit one person’s health and can even help to find new ways to innovate on a company”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal about this topic.

Importance of being punctual in business


How important it is to be punctual for business

Being punctual is a discipline that consists on being on time to meet our obligations and do our tasks, such as an appointment, meeting with friends, a task pending to be delivered at the office, and being punctual is extremely valuable, so it is necessary to apply this in all senses as it will make you be more efficient and will develop your character and personality.

“If you use to arrive punctually at an appointment, you are showing respect for the person you are meeting, plus you give the certainty to be serious and responsible to make sure you get there at the time previously established”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim.

Some people is punctual just in special occasions, such as a job interview, to a business meeting, or those type of events that they consider as “important”, but that is not what punctuality really is about, you need to be very conscious that all appointments are just as important and your presence is needed on the precise moment you were asked to.

If you have an appointment at an established hour, it is recommended to always focus on what you are doing before, this would help you saving enough time to arrive at that meeting at the time you agreed to.

Remember that unpunctual persons are always trying to make excuses as to why they could not make it on time, but the people around them loses trust on them, and it is about the opposite for a punctual person, whenever he or she cannot arrive on time for an extraordinary situation, they are respected for being honest when they tell why they arrived a little bit later.

“We need to work on the habit of punctuality, it is not only necessary to make and agenda, if you are being unpunctual, you need to find out what is exactly what does not let you arrive on time and start working on changing this behavior, you will notice how glad people is to see you entering in a room 5 minutes before you were asked to”, added Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal about this topic.

Guess jeans, a symbol


Guess jeans, a symbol against sexual abuse

Denim day by Guess foundation was created 15 years ago, as a loud reaction case that made the whole world go into mayor indignation, a rapist was absolved because his victim was wearing an adjusted cowboy jeans. It was determined that because of the jeans being so adjusted, she needed to help her assailant to take them off. The jeans are America flag, and they become a symbol against this sentenced and from that day until today, we celebrate a day dedicated to prevent sexual abuse.

GUESS Foundation Europe is celebrating its first Denim Day on Spain on May 27th, supported by Foundation Ana Bella, an organization against the gender violence. Violence is present on life of many women that cannot be free because of the lack of money so they continue living with their aggressors. It is our duty to give education to our kids for them to learn and respect their couple and or sisters.

Following this, Guess invites on May 27 to wear jeans in order to show they are against violence and to collect money for the projects that could support the foundation.

Guess money is to Friend Program, which supports 80% of the victims that do not say a word about their situation. “Thanks to this program, we could get to 1,400 invisible women that are abused each year and help them to talk and get free from this violence; we act like a friend and help them individually by giving emotional support, finances and living. We use a lot the phone calls and our on line chats from Ana Bella APP to assist”, said the foundress of Ana Bella.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, thinks that this social change is making the people to be more sensitive. “Guess foundation promotes de social change that is needed to give opportunities to the people around the world in order to have a better life”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal.


Secrets to have success

successSecrets to have lasting success

Do you know what are those specific tools that successful businessmen use? What defines entrepreneurs and makes them able to reach their goals? What are the secrets to have not only a casual but lasting success? We will tell you all about it today.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, a Mexican businessman and current president of Grupo Denim, have shared with us some useful advices to succeed:

Interviewer: Do you think that good luck has to do with success?

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal: I believe hard work and good luck is just the surface of what really gets a successful entrepreneur to reach his goals, it is not only about that, it evolves many more things such as education, and not talking about academic education only, it is about learning from everyone, reading as much as you can every day, listening to others, as they can share their experience and ideas and all opinions are valuable, so a little bit of luck is important, but it is not the key to succeed.

I: Do you think Grupo Denim can be considered as a successful company? And why?

SJMV: Yes, it is only a matter of seeing how much it has grown over the years, how it has defeated all challenges that Mexican and USA economy has put us thru as a whole, and it is thanks to the teamwork, all members of Grupo Denim work hard every day for this company to be bigger, to get new customers, to make a better job.

I: For you, what would be those keys to have lasting success?

Do not give up, the road to success is filled with obstacles, so instead of stopping at each one you face, you go through them and keep on going, instead of taking an easy way, try on other roads that no one has tried, look for new opportunities everywhere, keep your eyes and your mind open, and always try to help other ones with the things you do every day.

Successful men have used different tools for their success to last longer, but the most common ones are the following:

  • Create your own destiny
  • Focus on your goals
  • Identify what you are bringing to others
  • Put all your energy on your daily work
  • Work out of your comfort zone

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal also said “always test yourself, you will not know your limits until you have given your best effort in anything you do, that one of the keys for lasting success”.

Flexible budget


Benefits of a flexible budget on a company

Many companies use fixed budgets, which requires them to fix their finances at the beginning of this year, and those amounts will stay exactly the same until through a determined period; however, a flexible budget, on the other side, have many advantages different to a fixed one, as we will see today.

The first step to create a flexible budget is to classify the fixed and variable costs, as the first ones will stay the same, no matter what activity a company is dedicated to. Variable costs, on the other side, will increase along with the activity on an enterprise. Flexible budgets are usually designed by using a spreadsheet, which will easily help you incorporating these expenses into your budget.

The person in charge of a company’s budget will prepare this spreadsheet with all fixed costs and introduce any extra expenses to get the variable expenses.

Flexible budgets have as a main advantage to allow the administration of a company to consider several possible scenarios in a determined period of time, which helps the whole enterprise to be prepared for any possible extra expenses.

Companies use the budgets to evaluate the check on the performance of their Administration Department, so having a flexible budget does not mean they will have more open spaces to make extra expenses, but will help a director to control how many incidental expenses will occur in a period of time, but with an open budget you should not have trouble to cover those outgoings.

“It is important to keep a close look at a company’s budget, having a flexible one has as a min benefit to find any possible genuine efficiencies on the administration of the money and to make the necessary changes to keep on having low costs”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, about this topic.

Shopping malls around the world

shopping malls

Shopping malls around the world and their success

Shopping malls are present on every modern city around the world. These buildings are considered a shopping monuments not only because you can enjoy classic places like movie theaters and restaurants and even if we don’t consider them a vacation destiny, some of them are a real architectonic beauty.

West Edmonton Mall – Alberta, Canada.

Considered the largest mall on North America, and the 10th on the world wide scale. It was opened on September 15, 1981 with a floor area of 490,000 square meters.  This mall has 800 stores and parking lot for 20,000 cars aprox.  There is also a hotel, movie theaters, restaurants, zoo and an inside water park. This mall receives 32.2 million of visitors per year.

Grand Canal Shoppes – Las Vegas, Nevada

Located at the emblematic Vegas, this mall opened its doors on 1999 at the same time as the Venetian Hotel & Casino. There are more than 80 stores like Ann Taylor and Bannana Republic and some exclusive boutiques from famous international designers. On 2007, the building was expanded along with the Palazzo Hotel & Casino. The design of the malls is a true design from the Venice Grand Canal on Italy.

Dubai Mall – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This mall is a piece of the complex named Downtown Dubai, with a value of 20 million dollars. This is the largest mall on the entire world, with a 502,000 square meters total floor area. There are over 1,200 stores, 6 floors are for commercial purposes, and 10 floors for entertaining purposes.  On 2012, there were more visitors than the ones that visit New York; 52 million of tourists were the number.

For Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, a great entrepreneur from Mexico and president of Grupo Denim, malls are on some cities a vacation place during the year, especially when people stay at home during these days. “Some people would rather stay at their local cities and enjoy family times at a mall, even when we are at another city and if there’s a mall, we will be there for sure”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal while visiting Las Vegas.


Social networks

Social networks

Importance of social networks nowadays

Social networks have been modified so much that nowadays they perfectly work as an essential tool for communication, personal and professionally, as the enterprises have taken advantage of them to enjoy their benefits.

“We all now use the social networks more than ever, they help us communicating faster with our customers and vendors in different parts of the world”, advised the president of Grupo Denim, Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal.

Some of the most common social networks nowadays are Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google, Youtube, Twitter and Linkedin and they have left behind the traditional media, such as radio and television.

In the past, whenever a group of people disagreed on something, they were listened by organizing protest marchs, but nowadays the great difference is that the whole planet can know about it almost immediately using the social networks.

The social networks have also helped on natural disasters, as they warn a population of a hurricane, earthquake, floods and you can easily confirm your state by entering in one of your social networks to contact your relatives, something impossible a few decades ago.

Enterprises are now reporting better results by using the social networks as well, as they are an excellent option to discover new products and to find new offers.

At least an 84% of the online consumers use social networks, and Facebook is the most important one as of today, with an impressive 85%, followed by Twitter.

Marketers also used these networks to find information in an easier way and to help them improving their sales.

“The social networks are nowadays more important than we might think, not only to see what other persons are doing, but it is also a source of information to look for ideas, find new customers and make any business grow up”, added Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal.