How A New Idea Made An Ordinary Woman Outstanding – And How You Can Use It Too!

The new idea was an ordinary woman selling perfume door to door – in a time when horse and buggy was the primary mode of transportation.

The name of the company this ordinary woman sold for was the California Perfume Company.

And the name of the ordinary woman that became outstanding was Mrs. P.F.E Albee of Winchester, New Hampshire.

Mrs. Albee, whose full name was Persis Foster Eames Albee, went door-to-door selling Little Dot Perfume for the California Perfume Company.

The California Perfume Company later became Avon – Mrs. P.F.E. Albee was the first Avon Lady!

An Ordinary Woman Because …

The main thing I think was remarkable is that  Mrs. Albee was a 50-year-old widow when she started selling door to door in 1886!

In 1886 that was a man’s job, and this was 34 years before women would get the right to vote.

But not only did she do a man’s job, selling door to door, but she was also exceptional at it, and she recruited one ordinary woman after another – empowering them too!

What Mrs. Albee did was remarkable even by today’s standards.

And check this out, as a tribute, an Albee Barbie doll was issued in 1997, you can find them online at Amazon, eBay, and other sites.

Why Door To Door Selling Is Cool

I think that’s pretty cool; maybe because my dad sold door to door, not as an Avon lady, of course, he sold farm fresh fruit and vegetables to people in the city. And when I was 9 years old, I got to help him.

I still think my right arm is longer than my left from carrying that 15-pound bucket of delicious Nova Scotia apples door to door.

Doing that as a kid taught me a lot, although I didn’t really learn from it until I was 30 when I was knocking on doors again, this time to sell real estate.

I did well selling real estate, got awards, and made good money. But, I became great at selling real estate after I started learning NLP. Because it enabled me to learn from and use many things I experienced at an early age.

NLP has a vast toolbox full of techniques that can help anyone in any situation. And to be quite honest, NLP was most instrumental in helping me become a better me, in discovering who I was, and that made all the difference. And it’s still making a massive difference in every part of my life.

 How You Can Use It Too

You, too, can create an outstanding and extraordinary life; the simplest way is to act on your ideas. Just take action. It’s also easy to sit on your butt and come up with excuses to why you can’t do something. That’s just a cop-out.

And if you don’t have an idea to act on, then perhaps you can work with someone else’s idea as Mrs. Albee did.

Whatever it is, believe in yourself, and trust that you can be outstanding in what you do.



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Bob Clarke

Hi I’m Bob Clarke, writer of most of these blog posts. I’m also the Co-Creator, with my wife Ronda, of the Most Comprehensive NLP Training and Coaching Program Online. Our purpose is to bring NLP to you, saving you time, travel and money.