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What Does Success Mean To YOU?

What Does Success Mean to YOU?

Picture this: you make a list of New Year’s resolutions for the different areas of your life. But as the days and months go by, you realize that you haven’t landed your dream job, or that you haven’t read as much as you said you would. It’s easy to throw the towel and say that you’re “just not cut out for it”. However, we at Hairstrong want to challenge you to have a different perspective.

Figuring out what success means is no easy task. ESPECIALLY in today’s society, where the media influences us to believe that everyone has everything figured out. Even though the following 5 item list is a snapshot of how Hairstrong defines success, we’re hoping that it will help to get you started on finding a definition of what success means to YOU!

#1- Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

It’s been very interesting to us seeing how society tries to “influence” everyone into believing what’s acceptable and what isn’t. BUT, we at Hairstrong challenge you to NOT listen to what they say and go after what YOU want! Even if it scares the living crap out of you. It’s when we step OUT of our comfort zones when REAL success AND growth happen, or else how would we evolve? We can’t sit still and expect results to happen. On the contrary, it’s a dynamic process where we have to be willing to fail and make mistakes. Will it be easy? NO! But that’s the beauty of it and what makes everything worthwhile.

#2- Not Giving up When it Gets Hard

Think about a time where it seemed like everything was against you. How did you feel? The odds are pretty overwhelmed! However, we want you to reflect on how you responded to the situation. Did you rise to the occasion? Or did you throw the towel? Often, it’s a LOT harder to roll up your sleeves and get the job done. But to us, these are the moments that define success. Only YOU have the power to choose what to do.

#3- Enjoying the Process

We admit it, this one was VERY hard for us to develop. Being somewhat of a perfectionist, we often found ourselves not satisfied with our performance. It felt like our work wasn’t meeting the standards we had set for ourselves. RESULT? No progress and no success (based on our definition of course). So what changed? Well, when we had enough and said: “you know what, f*ck it, we’re just going to focus on what we CAN control (our effort) and see what happens”. The improvement in our overall performance was REMARKABLE! Not only did we have a lot more confidence in what we could do, but we felt that we were serving ourselves and others monumentally better. Now THAT is what Hairstrong calls success. Success at Hairstrong means letting go of the things you can’t control and simply being present in the moment. It’s the little moments that ultimately contribute to the whole process.

#4- Acknowledging the Small Wins

Interestingly enough, the reason WHY we started enjoying the process was due to the realization of acknowledging the importance of small wins. It was very challenging for us to admit (due to our stubbornness and drive to improve) the inadequate mindset of “if we don’t reach our goal on *this* day, then it won’t be as satisfying when it does happen”. THANKFULLY, we could not have been more wrong…. Even though we weren’t at our desired “destination”, we started noticing that the process really is all about baby steps that eventually lead to the end goal. Each “baby step” is a DIRECT result of our day-to-day mundane efforts! It took us a while to realize the importance of our day-to-day choices and how they all contribute to the end result, but at the end of the day, that’s what SUCCESS at Hairstrong is ALL about!

#5- Doing What YOU Enjoy Right NOW

Doing what you enjoy can do wonders for our overall motivation towards a goal. Why is that? The answer we have deduced from our experiences as a company is this: EVERYTHING is a LOT more enjoyable when you’re having FUN! It’s so easy to get lost thinking about what the future will look like, what your next steps will be, etc. BUT what’s most important is that we NEVER lose sight of what truly brings us joy. Where’s the fun in that?

The reason why this is the fifth and final item on our list is that we believe it’s an aspect of our lives that often gets overlooked. We often think that we have to stay at a job where we feel “miserable” because it’s the only way we will ever be able to pay our bills. But Hairstrong believes that true success comes when we let go of the status quo and go after what truly makes us HAPPY!

So there you have it, a short and sweet list of how Hairstrong defines success! Our ultimate hope is that you reflect on YOUR definition of success and think about how you can make that happen. Hairstrong will ALWAYS have your back and remember, there’s no wrong way of going about the process. You just have to be willing to get started!

By Danny Carrillo, Fourth-year Kinesiology and Sports Management Student

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