There are many things other than being a good barber or hairstylist that will contribute to your success. In order to succeed in the barber/hair business as well as in life it takes an unwavering positive attitude. Positive energy is contagious. Everyone wants to be associated with a winner. Attitude alone will not make you a success, but you can’t be a success without one.
I recently spent three days at The American College Of Barbering in Louisville, Kentucky. I was received with an incredible amount of positivity and an overwhelming amount of appreciation for traveling 1,000 miles to teach at the school. The owner of the school and instructors were always positive and smiling which had an amazing effect on the students as well as me. It was the most fun I had teaching in a while and was reminded of a lesson I learned from one of my favorite teachers.
On the first day of a sales and marketing course I took in business school the professor walked in the room and without introducing himself began writing on the chalk board. He wrote:
There are 3 types of people in the world:
1. Should haves, could haves, and would haves
2. Just Enougher’s
Then Mr. Hendricks turned around and introduced himself. He asked all of us students to be honest with ourselves about which category we thought we fit into. If not the last one, were we willing to do what it takes to get into the overachiever category?
This was a turning point for me in how I approached everything I did from then on. There was no way I was going to be in any category other than the last one. This does not mean everything that I have done in my career up to this point has been a success but keeping a positive attitude and putting every ounce of energy into everything I do gives me the best chance to succeed. I always try to be aware if I am making excuses or doing just enough to get by and do my best to quickly correct it.
This industry has changed my life. It is amazing how motivational it is to be around people that are always smiling and constantly giving their all to accomplish great things in their career and lives. For me, this is the most rewarding part of teaching.