February 2012

Jerry Tyler

Blue Highways | by Jerry Tyler


Conquer Your Fear to Attain Courage for the Future

As we try to grow and expand our spheres of influence, it is important to accept the fact there will be changes and we must be open to accepting them.

"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird; it would be a jolly sight harder for a bird to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad." -- C.S. Lewis

In the beauty industry we used to think all one needed to do was focus on one great skill set and master that to become successful. While this seemed to work for some of the best and brightest, the winds of change blew in and many were pressed to rework their strategy. If they were unable to they were set back in their quest.

One fact became clear: resist change and it becomes your foe, not your ally.

In nature, all relationships are in constant change; those that ebb and flow seem to flourish. They are flexible, open and continually evolving.

Those that are like objects that are rigid, inhibit growth and become stagnant. Can you relate this to the human condition? Do you recognize which of these two you are? Do you resist positive change or do you go with the flow?

Often fear of the unknown outcome becomes the obstacle immobilizing anything positive. All that keeps you from being the successful one is the ground that falls between these two, the power of choice. Ultimately we decide either way in our thoughts, motives and actions, which direction we will take.

The more we take in as new information, sharing and experiencing new thoughts and actions creates diversity in our offerings. Being open and accepting is elemental here; being closed off will not allow the new and the modern to unfold. We deny entry to the very things that can aid our growth, virtually downsizing our potential.

I attended an educator's conference two or three years ago. There were many great leaders in the field who came forward with pertinent and useful information. We all heard new words like "social networking" and "distance learning." Those attending who were opposed to these new tools were skeptical and negative, definitely holding tight onto the past, while others were interested and excited, thinking positive and looking forward to the possibilities of these new concepts that would create new growth in our industry.

It takes courage to embrace change and create diversity. You must conquer your fear in order to have courage. To purposefully set our gaze towards new horizons takes faith that our vision will happen even when it hasn't been realized yet. By embracing new ideas, technologies and making them an integral part of who and what we are, we will be leaders experiencing assured growth now and in the future.

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.