Quick, what’s the first thing you think of when you hear/see the word RISK?
scary, intimidating, not now, motivating, encouraging….
What about SUCCESS? money, power, happiness, security…
Now let me ask you something, is risk & success mutually exclusive? In other words, can you reap the sweet rewards of success without taking a risk? Are you willing to take a risk for 50/50 odds of success? 60/40 odds? Or do the odds have to be so in success’ favor where you have to feel like you are not taking a risk at all?
My name is Nina Lancin and I am the founder & director of The Concept Salon. Risk is something I’ve become pretty accustomed to– ahem, that’s an understatement, but I don’t want to overwhelm you in our first meeting– as a business woman with over 16 years of experience running successful companies.
At this point in my professional life, a calculated risk is as much of a precursor to success as knowing my numbers & my people. Without taking a chance on people, strategies, and unproven initiatives I can say without a shadow of a doubt I will preclude myself from reaching the level of success I aspire to reach. Bottom line: you gotta try it to truly know it, and if you don’t risk, you don’t try, and you will never truly be able to make an informed decision.
Say you are reading this on a job board (I also write a blog, www.theconceptsalons.com), 5 minutes ago you were on a different job board, you will call maybe 4, maybe 5 companies, you will get interviews with all, you will actually interview with 1/2 of these companies and in the end what are you going to do? EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID LAST MONTH WHEN YOU’VE JUST ABOUT HAD IT WITH YOUR CURRENT PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT: go back and say, “ya know what, I’m just going to stick it out here. It’s not thaaaat bad, plus myyyy clients! What, Oh God, WHAT am I going to do if they don’t follow me? What an inconvenience I will create for them! Plus, it is too much of a risk to walk out now, maybe later when it’s not holidays/beginning of the year/valentine’s day/prom/wedding season/june/my birthday/holidays” umm, I think you get my point here.
Look, you are on these job boards for a reason & that reason is that you are miserable. You are U-N-H-A-P-P-Y. Sure there are moments that make you happy, you may love the staff you work with, you may even love your boss, but there is something eating at you day and night causing you to sit here and read my two cents. Bitching & complaining will only put you further & further into the black whole of your misery and it’ll just become a part of the vicious cycle.
What if I told you that there is something else out there that is guaranteed to be a better fit for you? What if I told you that you will find The Best Business Ever and may even be a part of building that business? That there is someone out there looking for YOU? That at the end of the day, you would be an even more amazing stylist/esthetician/massage therapist/customer service rep/etc. if only you were happy with where you report to work every day? That clients are not a herd of sheep and will CHOOSE where they want to spend their money, regardless of you compromising your happiness for their potential “perceived” unhappiness with your move (they may not be unhappy at all!)?
Like many of us in the beauty industry, I’m pretty sure that one of the reasons you chose this industry is because you wanted to be your own boss. You know what bosses do? They RISK! They experiment and they don’t take failure to heart. The grass is most definitely not always greener on the other side, no matter what side of the fence you are on (employer or employee), but you’ve gotta put yourself out there you’ve got to take a chance on giving yourself the life you deserve. Plain and simple!