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10 | APRIL 2017 | CALIFORNIA STYLIST & SALON |

WWW.CALIFORNIASTYLIST.COM How Do You Hold on to Your Passion?

By Debra Simpkins

Are you passionate about your profession? Can

you hold on to that passion?

Whether I’m chatting with a client, writing a

blog, speaking to my networking group or up-

dating my website, the one thing I want people

to know about me as an esthetician is that I am

passionate

about healthy skin.

I want my clients to know that. I want my

professional colleagues to know that. I want my

social circle to know that.

We’ve all had the experience with a service pro-

vider that seems as if they’re just going through

the motions, right? Have you ever told your stylist

you want to try a new look but you just don’t know

what would be great for you? And your stylist, in

turn, says, “Well, what do you want?”

Have you ever mentioned to your nail techni-

cian you saw a nail style or design on the red

carpet or in

Cosmopolitan

and they have no clue

what you’re talking about? Have you asked your

esthetician about a new treatment you heard

about from a friend or even on Dr. Oz and they

respond with a perplexed look? These providers

have basically powered down professionally.

So where’s your passion and how do you keep

it alive? First and foremost, you have to really love

what you do. It can’t just be a J-O-B. When I was

a teen, my grandfather said “If you love what you

do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life!” As

a 13-year-old, I had no idea what he was talking

about but it certainly became crystal clear as an

adult in the working world.

With two different careers in the past 35 years,

I found great joy in both. Not every single day has

been gumdrops and bunny rabbits but for the

most part I’ve had personal satisfaction. Can you

say the same?

First, decide if you

want

to be passionate about

your profession. If you’re driving to the salon or

spa everyday with anxiety, apathy or even irrita-

tion, figure out why. Is it

where you work

or is it

what you do

?

If it’s where you work, who you work for or

who you work with – you need to look for a new

place. (You might want to spend a few moments

on introspection and make sure

you’re

not the

problem). If it’s what you do, that’s a whole dif-

ferent thing because if the angst is coming from

how you’re spending working professional hours,

you really must look at an alternative career not

only for you but your clients as well. And FYI --

you can’t invent passion for something you have

apathy for.

If I couldn’t do skincare, and had to take a job

selling real estate, I know I could do it. I’d bring

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