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ave you ever felt speechless when someone has asked you
how you are? After 14 years in this industry I think I’m finally
speechless. I don’t see this as a negative or a positive thing
overwhelmed and exhausted at times perhaps but still
passionate – probably too passionate about a lot of the things
that go unnoticed.
It’s the same for a business owner –things might look so good on the
outside that people can’t understand why you’d want to ‘sell the salon’ or
‘get out of the salon’ but the real story is usually because this person has
hit their final limits and just want one day where they don’t have to fill
the gaps and manage so many different things from their day job to the
latest drama. Their family or personal life may have suffered and you get
to a point where you have to ask yourself is it all worth it? It’s also at this
time that the subject in mention sets out to find the place of enjoyment and the reason they got into the
industry in the first place. They just want a moment to breathe - doing what they love. Don’t we all?
It’s rather ironic that salons are places where people actually get time to take a moment to be mindful.
But to offer that moment in time for someone else we often have to forgo that for ourselves. We have to be
selfless and someone who puts energy in, someone who is there and listens and doesn't suck it all out like
those clients we all know. That’s the challenge of being a business owner. As much as we want to continue
to grow, it’s surprising the amount of people who would eventually choose a consistent and perhaps more
modest income over a business that breeds cash. It may breed cash but also burn a hole in your heart and
soul at the same time. If you aren’t topping this up daily at least somewhere the success won’t last.
Have you ever noticed how many hugely successful celebrities and people crash and burn? It’s not
easy to sustain and maintain moments when you don’t have time to stop and be present and enjoy those
moments to yourself.
Every year for the past eight or so I have made myself a promise in the few weeks over Christmas. I tell
myself that I am not going to allow myself to get so busy like last year, that I am going to try and do less
in a week, more things that actually mean something, but I don’t. I fail miserably. I try and tell myself I
will give myself a chance to sit and work on something I’m passionate about and take the time to enjoy it
and feel that satisfaction at the end.
Each year a lot of us seem to get asked to do more, you try and squeeze in that catch up that you don’t
really have time for again and again – seeing a friend after work actually becomes a chore rather than
something you enjoy. We have an industry to be proud of for so many reasons and it's one of the few
where people power will always reign supreme but people need time to stop. The once upon a downtime
is a distant memory and the conference and event or competition becomes hard to fit in and often it is
only us that can see the personal sacrifice made while ironically it can bring just the right amount of
renewed energy we need. The course that seems too expensive or too difficult to fit in is worth every
penny if you gain inspiration and an invaluable new level of focus.
Everywhere I have been over the years I have picked up something and learned a new perspective and
this gets you through the stress bubble of oblivion.
We are all a bit crazy...or perhaps it’s just me, despite all the differences and nuances between
personalities there are ultimately two types of people – those that can sit and look at the pile of washing
and those that can’t stand the thought and have to keep moving in a crazy frenzy until everything is
done. I think you’ve guessed which one I am.
But we can’t be truly successful on our own. We need people around us and souls who help us. Never
put personal success before success with others – share ideas, share success, share opportunity and
learn from each other. We are so good at this as an industry, in fact the only way to creatively survive
and succeed in business at the same time is by keeping abreast of both.
The thing is, I really did feel a bit speechless when I sat down to type this, so exhausted that when
someone asked that question ‘what’s been happening?’ I couldn't even begin to think of what to say
without sounding like a negative Nancy.
I gained some new perspective from Vivienne Mackinder recently. I talk a little bit about her in our
annual education mini mag (52 bonus pages with this issue).
Just take time out to breathe and look around – you will find something to take your mind off it all
and be better, better at something at least.
Cameron Pine, Editor
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