Just last week I spoke at
two cosmetology classes as part of their Theory Program. My goal was to
introduce the concepts of Beauty Professional turned Business Professional.
I have no doubt as to the excellence of the school’s ability to teach proper
technique in all areas of Cosmetology, after all the students were all
wearing Redken t-shirts!
No, my passion for giving
the students just one more edge over the competition lies in the business
skills, not the beauty skills. I have spent the better part of my adult life
helping business owners succeed, fulfill their dreams, and create and
implement their vision. In the case of the Beauty Professional, too many
times I see, hear and read about the individual cosmetologist who is living
paycheck to paycheck, unable to create a solid future or aspiring to own a
salon or spa and being thrust into a business environment without all the
tools you need in business.
As I looked at the
students in the class and I interacted with them, I could see where my
message was connecting and where it was lost. I could easily decide who
would be successful long term and who would struggle. I would like to tell
you about some of those success traits.
1. Passion for their career path:
In the room were several individuals who, you might
say, decided on cosmetology because they could not decide on something else
or the thought of working in an office as a clerical person was utterly
repulsive. Also in the room were those individuals who had a passion for the
industry, the future plans of being part of something where they could
create great “art”. To be seen with, work with, build and learn from some of
the top artists in their field. I could see whose eyes light up when you
discuss building a successful financial and artistic future. Who knows, one
might become the next Paul Mitchell, Michael Cole or José Eber! Passion for
what you do and who you are can be the driving force to fully succeed.
2. Vision of their career path:
In my second class was a young man. First, being the
only male amongst all the female students takes courage and later I
understood his courage as he gave me the vision of his future career path.
He was already a massage therapist and now in class for esthetician
training. Why go through all of this education? His vision is to run a large
spa in one of the major hotels. He had worked as a massage therapist and
watched those that ran these facilities with little or no experience. He
knows he can create great success for the location he will be running as
well as great financial results for himself. He prides himself of this
future accomplishment and I know he will succeed. Vision is the key.
3. Willingness to grow as a person:
James Ray (“The Secret” and Oprah), says in order to
create bigger results you have to become a bigger person. The way to become
a bigger person is to grow, grow from within, grow your knowledge and
experience, and learn from those that do. The cosmetology students who are
willing to learn new concepts on growing their business education, learning
from someone outside their field are those that will succeed in their chosen
profession. Those that are closed to business concepts and believe that they
already have all the answers cannot grow. Remember a plant does not grow
without the help of water, oxygen and good soil; it does not grow from other
The Cosmetology student
who is willing to work with an open mind, expand beyond the traditional
technician to salon owner narrow career path mindset, will find the future
can be rewarding emotionally, physically and financially.
4. A sense of humor:
Some of the brightest smiles in the world presented
themselves to me during these two classes. These were the real thing, not
just a show or acting job, the real happiness in life, coming through the
smiles from these students. In Marci Shimoff’s “Happy for No Reason”, Simon
& Schuster, ©2008, the discussion is entirely based on being happy from the
inside out. The top 100 people who were successful were surveyed and the
results; they were happy before they were financially successful, not
because they were financially successful. When you begin from the inside out
and you find true happiness in yourself, then you can give more, be more and
Find your sense of humor.
Find satisfaction in being alive and talented and true abundance in your
career will come. I truly connected with those cosmetology students who I
know will be successful, based on their temperament in the classroom. That
will translate into great customer service, caring for their co-workers and
pride in their professional talents.
5. Good common sense:
Book knowledge is a great thing; practice in your field
is essential, but good common sense will carrying you through the best of
circumstances and the worst of circumstances. The current generation of
cosmetology students contains a mix of those who think they can and those
who know they can. Those who know they can will find, through their common
sense, their day to day understanding of the world and the application of
their talents, the best way to create a successful career.
Those who think they can
will second guess their decisions and maybe walk the well worn path rather
than venture out beyond the norm and take bold steps to create a better
future. Which do you want to be? Do you truly believe in yourself? Will you
create opportunities or wait for them to come to you?
In reading all the business blogs on the Redken web site www.redkensalon.com
I find professional after professional, salon owner after salon owner, in
fear of their future, concerned about which way to turn. This is the real
world and those that believe in themselves will solve problems, will hire
the best and demand the best from them and will demand the best from
themselves. Start today, be that person while in school, graduate a
successful Beauty Professional and a successful Business Professional.
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