Raúl Villegas is transparent. What appears at first to be a well-groomed exterior is, in fact, a view into a fine-tuned interior. The classy appearance, the honest diction, the assertive action—all are natural extensions of a well-groomed mind. So, forget how stylish he looks, how genuine he sounds, and how tirelessly he works—and focus on how sharp he is, from the inside out.
At the heart of it all is a healthy fascination with structured thought. That’s what he credits for resolving the laborious inner debate over what to study in college, too. He elaborates, “I finally went into Law, because, as someone who is interested in business creation, I like the way they educate you. I like the way they set your mind.”
It was a cognitive decision. He never intended to practice law. Yet it wasn’t long before he found work at a firm, still a student. There he was confronted by a future that he knew he didn’t want. “I understood that in order to grow in that law firm, I needed to be there on Saturdays, stay late at night, and take my work home with me,” he says. “And I knew I didn’t want that in my life.”
In the midst of this complete legal immersion, Raúl almost unknowingly brushed up against the business opportunity he needed. It resulted from simply being proximate to a friend who was invited to coffee. When his friend had to decline, the invitation fell to Raúl. Suddenly he found himself sitting down for a drink with the friend of a friend, whom he had never said so much as “hello” to.
Raúl knew this man had some type of business, and he was curious about how it worked. They didn’t really know each other, but Raúl insisted on learning more. “Finally,” Raúl says, “He told me, ‘Okay, if you really want to know more, call my girlfriend and tomorrow you can meet her at Starbucks.’”
Less than 24 hours later, Raúl was now meeting with the girlfriend of a friend of a friend to discuss a business he knew nothing about. “I was nervous about it,” he admits. “It was the worst time for me to add anything new to my life. Many times the thought popped into my head, ‘Why don’t you sign up three months later?’ But, if I had decided to wait three months, I wouldn’t be here. Why? Because the right moment never comes. You have to make that moment.”
He made his moment and never looked back. “I had something inside of me that wanted to get out of where I was. I saw XANGO as a vehicle.” Absorbing this new opportunity into his clockwork mind, Raúl wasted no time in creating his own vision. “Forty-eight hours after signing up, I was holding my first meeting,” he states, adding, “I’m sure it was terrible, and I may have been sharing the opportunity in a really bad way… but if you want to give a great opportunity meeting one day, you have to go through a bad one.”
Now a 100K Select, Raúl Villegas has Gary Hollister Syndrome: No matter how much success or growth he sees, he views it as just the beginning. For him, every accomplishment is provocative proof that he can do more—and that others can, too. “I joined XANGO for the business opportunity—but even above that is the leadership,” he says.
As someone who takes leadership very seriously, Raúl brings on new Distributors with a commitment to be their upline, their mentor, their friend, and their partner. We’re talking about a guy who spent so much time traveling in 2010 that he had a waiting list of people wanting to sign up under him. Why the waiting list? Raúl explains, “I didn’t want to sign them up when I knew I wasn’t going to be around. I wanted to make sure that I was there to help them when they started their XANGO business.”
And for this soft-spoken Mexico City native, being there at the beginning is only half of his leadership responsibility. “As a leader,” he concludes, “I need to keep working, because that’s something I know how to do. A lot of people believe in me and are doing the same things I am doing because I got them into it. And it’s my responsibility to show them the way to keep doing it.”