What a crazy month it has been since the first post and the launch of this site. Incredibly, each day someone has expressed what this message means to them. Yesterday it was a seamstress, the day before it was an author, and on Monday it was a stylist. The affirmations and the personal stories are amazing – please keep them coming!
The story that ignited the greatest reflection for me was from my very own stylist in my salon. This story personally tugs at my heart strings (and my purse strings).
In my salon I have 9 stylist who do hair, and each week they pay a booth rent for their space. All of the stylists have done hair for decades and they are a great group. The salon industry in our city is very competitive and we have an amazing salon. However, stylist don’t tend to have a loyalty to me because I don’t personally cut hair. It’s okay, I don’t apologize for that. I try to provide the cleanest, most cost-effective, high end environment for them and then let them run their show. I think they like it that way.
In our salon, one particular man, Michael is infamous. To some he is infamously great with hair, infamously boisterous or just down-right interesting to watch. People like Michael. I like Michael. Michael’s big frame and loud laugh exudes confidence and strength, but each woman who sits in his chair knows his story and understands his tenderness.
Michael’s ladies love how he dotes on them and calls them sweety. I also felt welcomed by him when I became the new owner. He publicly encouraged me and thanked me (for doing my best, not necessarily for doing THE best) and I appreciated his accolades.
This week; however, his compliments were a double edged sword. Michael met with me privately and expressed his appreciation for successwithoutapology.com and my attitude of unapologetic success – and failure. He told me he had really thought about the recent post, It Can’t Be Just About You, and had discussed it with his wife. He was finally going to take a big giant step of faith and I had encouraged him to do so without the fear of failing.
You may have guessed it, but at nearly 60 years old he was inspired to go out on his own. He wanted to try and own his own salon. He quoted my blog post to me, thanked me for the hard work over the last year, and then through scared eyes he gave me his notice. (Insert ohNOOOOO here)
I am not sure if I was slightly misty-eyed or he was, but the moment was gratifying, yet painful. In a month, Michael will have his own salon. He will be my friendly “competition” in the market and he will try this thing we call small business ownership for the very first time. It is exciting for him. It is sad for my salon. #InspireLeadersDaily #ItStartsAtHome #MyPainHisFutureGain
As I told him, I believe my mission and purpose is to encourage all people to succeed at the highest level they desire and to strive to use all of their God-given potential. The salon I own is not just a brick and mortar building for earning money, it is a facade for mentorship. If I cannot be happy and supportive for one of my own, then I can’t spread this message around the country with clear conscience. I believe Michael can do great things and I know I will invite a new “michael” into our salon to mentor and encourage.
So today’s message is one for the mentors. If you are a great mentor, remember your goal is for your people to succeed as their very best self. Sometimes when they do, they may even become a competitor. #AndThatsOkay
Tom Peters, an American writer on business management practices is quoted as saying, “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”
Today a new leader is born and for that I am encouraged. #GoMichaelGo Thank you and keep reading the blog. My audience will love hearing from you in a year from now. You can tell us about your success, without apology.