December 2010

Jerry Tyler

Blue Highways | by Jerry Tyler


Out of Adversity Comes Opportunity

Have you noticed how much attention we have been giving the poor economy in the last few years? And on how we deal with it?

Take a look around and see just how the beauty industry has been dealing with the economy. A famous quote by Napoleon Hill goes: "Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat."

Maybe we are a little more resourceful and resilient than we give ourselves credit. Maybe because we were forced to plot a new course, we now have new destinations.

Every time I pick up an industry publication, I read about an idea that became a new product line; a new creative vision that became a hair fashion collection full of new techniques to master; a new, fresh look to present to our clients. New opportunities are being made and new industry leaders are being created every day, even in these challenging times.

With this month's editorial focus on Industry Success Stories, rather than focus on industry marvels as amazing individuals I was compelled to write about the similar attributes they all seem to possess.

They are true visionaries, they dream about creating things that are not already there. They see and believe in their vision with unwavering faith. They gaze through the eyes of never-ending possibility. They embrace their yet unrealized creation as already theirs to have and hold.

They maintain an attitude of gratitude. They handle both abundance and adversity with humility and grace. Theirs is the continual focus on the final destination, but the willingness to go where the journey takes them and enjoy the process along the way.

They are centered and grounded. They go the extra mile. They exceed their perceived value, and yes, they are willing to go to extremes when the circumstances demand. They work from the inside out, because they know that true success on any level is an inside job. They are twelve inches wide and ten miles deep. They strive to dwell in the positive because they believe a positive thought or action has 10 times the power of a negative one.

Therefore, through the law of attraction, they draw positive people, experiences and results to them almost effortlessly. They go with the flow but stay centered in their mission and principals. They never forget who, why or what they are here for. They know what they perceive, they can conceive.

They are continually thoughtful and never thoughtless, unkind or cruel in any of their dealings. They remain transparent for all around to see who and what they truly are.

They have no hidden agendas. They use their resources wisely, counting them as more valuable than the desired outcome.

They never compromise their high personal standards of quality for short term gain.

They are continually focused on elevating their worth and value. They always have their eyes beyond the horizon line. Their landscape is continually changing. They live their lives by their own design not by default. They continually share their gained abundance with those around them as share takers.

It takes one man or woman to have a dream but it takes many to make the dream a living reality. They manifest passion in every aspect of their lives and dealings with others. They are always learning and sharing their knowledge with others. They view the importance and beauty in all around them, realizing that apprentice will someday be the next industry leader working along side them.

They never forget that though they may occupy the penthouse office, everyone including them started off arriving at the front door on the ground floor. Upward mobility in any enterprise, professional or personal, is measured one step at a time.

Lastly they strive to have and manifest true integrity in all aspects of their lives. True integrity in any person or brand is what we all desire. Yet, sadly few possess this integrity, with the exception of these human treasures that were placed in our midst as an incredible example of what true success in leadership should be and is indeed attainable.

It takes vision, passion, positive personal action and staying a principled path in life's journey no matter the intended destinations. After all, where integrity is concerned, its not that you arrived, but more importantly how you got there.

I wish to take this time to wish my extended industry partners and family a blessed holiday season full of peace and promise for an abundant New Year. I hope to see you all on life's Blue Highways in 2011.

Jerry Tyler’s column Blue Highways is his “Road Less Traveled” perspective on the solutions and challenges facing the beauty industry. Jerry Tyler has been a stylist since 1975 serving as the former artistic director for Vidal Sassoon Academy and currently as Director of Industry Relations for Carlton Hair salons. He is also a licensed cosmetology instructor and has served as President of the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.