Salon Owners Succeed with These 10 Life Lessons
“What can a Navy SEAL tell salon owners and hairstylists about making an impact in their career and in their life?”
Changing the world can happen anywhere. And anyone can do it.
“What starts here changes the world.”
How can salon professionals “change the world?” When you make someone feel good about them self, you’ve turned a tide in their life and given them a more positive self-image.
Meet our Salon Plaza Owner Members who heal and inspire their clients –
to name just a few.
At Salon Plaza we have 619 active Salon-Owner-Members… plus YOU equals 620!
If each one of us changes the lives of just 10 people—and each one of those folks changes the lives of another 10 people—then in 5 generations—125 years—Salon Plaza Members will have changed the lives of 62 million people.
Think of it… that’s 4X the population of Virginia, Maryland and DC combined. When you control your salon space and have private one-to-one time with your clients, you can be a change-agent in their lives.
If you are a salon professional who lives in Virginia, Maryland or DC…
Get ready to change the world…
If you truly want to be a positive change factor in your lifetime, watch him deliver his 10 Life Lessons to help you create a better a world:
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Tell us how this Navy SEAL’s 10 Lessons apply to your life and inspire you.
If you want to change the world…
1. Start off by making your bed
Your morning routine can make or break you. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and encourage you to do another task and another and another.
If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.
2. Find someone to help you paddle
You can’t change the world alone—you will need some help. To get from where you are now to where you want to be takes friends, colleagues, the good will of strangers and a strong leader to guide them.
For a boat crew to make it to its destination, everyone must paddle.
3. Measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers
The best boat crew we had was made up of the little guys… the munchkin crew we called them. No one was over about 5-foot 5.
The munchkin boat crew had one American Indian, one African American, one Polish-American, one Greek American, one Italian American, and two tough kids from the mid-west.
Somehow these little guys, from every corner of the Nation and the world, always swam faster than everyone and reached the shore long before the rest of us.
Nothing matters but your will to succeed. Not your color, not your ethnic background, not your education and not your social status.
4. Get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward
Several times a week the instructors would line up the class and do a uniform inspection. It seemed that no matter how much effort you put into starching your hat, or pressing your uniform or polishing your belt buckle… it just wasn’t good enough.
The instructors would find “something” wrong.
For failing the uniform inspection, the student had to run fully clothed into the surf and then, wet from head to toe, roll around on the beach until every part of his body was covered with sand.
The effect was known as a “sugar cookie.” You stayed in that uniform the rest of the day—cold, wet and sandy. Sometimes no matter how well you prepare or how well you perform you still end up as a sugar cookie.
It’s just the way life is sometimes.
5. Don’t be afraid of the circuses
Every event had standards. If you failed to meet those standards your name was posted on a list and at the end of the day anyone on the list was invited to a “circus.” Two hours of additional calisthenics designed to wear you down, to break your spirit, to force you to quit.
No one wanted a circus.
An interesting thing happened to those who were constantly on the list. Over time those students got stronger and stronger. The pain of the circuses built inner strength and physical resiliency.
Life is filled with circuses.
6. Sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first
The most challenging obstacle in the course was the slide for life. You had to climb a 3-tiered tower, grab a rope and pull yourself hand over hand until you got to the other end.
One day, a student decided to go down head first. Without hesitation, the student slid down the rope—perilously fast. When he finished the course, he had set a new speed record.
Sometimes success requires taking risks and doing it your own way.
7. Don’t back down from the sharks
To pass SEAL training, the student must complete a series of long swims through a breeding ground for the great white sharks. You are taught that if a shark begins to circle your position—stand your ground. Do not swim away. Do not act afraid.
There are a lot of sharks in the world. If you hope to complete the swim you will have to deal with them.
8. You must be your very best in the darkest moment
As Navy SEALs, one of our jobs is to conduct underwater attacks against enemy shipping. To be successful in your mission, you have to swim under the ship and find the keel—the center line and the deepest, darkest part of the ship.
Every SEAL knows that under the keel, at the darkest moment of the mission, is the time when you must be calm, composed. When all your tactical skills, all your physical power, and all your inner strength must be brought to bear.
9. Start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud
One challenging event was to spend 15 hours trying to survive freezing cold mud, the howling wind, and the constant pressure to quit from the instructors.
The mud consumed each man till there was nothing visible but our heads. The chattering teeth and shivering moans of the trainees were so loud it was hard to hear anything and then, one voice began to echo through the night—one voice raised in song.
One voice became two and two became three and before long everyone in the class was singing. We knew that if one man could rise above the misery then others could as well. And somehow…
The mud seemed a little warmer, the wind a little tamer and the dawn not so far away.
The Power of Hope
If I have learned anything in my time traveling the world, it is the power of hope. The power of one person—Washington, Lincoln, King, Mandela and even a young girl from Pakistan—Malala—one person can change the world by giving people hope.
10. Don’t ever, ever ring the bell
Finally, in SEAL training there is a brass bell that hangs in the center of the compound for all the students to see. All you have to do to quit is ring the bell. Ring the bell and you no longer have to wake up at 5 o’clock. Ring the bell and you no longer have to endure the hardships of training.
To give up and quit… just ring the bell.
Never Give Up On Your Dreams…
- Start each day with a task completed
- Find someone to help you through life
- Respect everyone
- Know that life is not fair
You will fail often, but if you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up—if you do these things, then next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today and…
What you achieve as a salon professional will indeed change the world—for the better.
Succeeding as a salon owner will not be easy.
And yet, as a Member of Salon Plaza, you have the power to impact the lives of 62 million people in the next century.
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