The Positive Lessons of a Bad Haircut
This Easter Sunday, I made a critical mistake. I gave myself a very bad haircut. In fact, I now have no hair at all. I’ve joined the Bald and Beautiful Club. But, let me rewind a bit.
Since COVID-19 has shut down my barbershop, I’ve been cutting my hair with clippers. I’ve done it twice before and it’s been fine. I’ve used a moderate guard and slowly increased the guard size as I went up the side of my head. This technique worked fine.
On Sunday, I decided to go shorter. I removed the guard and went around the bottom. No problem. Then I added the guard and tried to blend it. Big problem! I didn’t have the in-between guard needed to do the job.
I could have stopped, but I didn’t. I kept trying to make it work. In trying, I went up a little more. And then a little more. I’d try to blend it with clippers, and then I’d try to scissor cut it. It just kept getting worse and worse.
Even as bad as it looked, I wasn’t ready to just take it all off. That changed when my daughter walked into the bathroom and started laughing at me hysterically. It was at that point that I knew it was time just to take it all off.
And, I did. It’s gone!
Yes, I have joined the prestigious league of men with no hair: Patrick Stewart, Jason Statham, and The Rock! Too bad that I don’t look as good with a bald head as they do.
The bald look isn’t my best. I have some friends that can pull it off. Toby Brodie on our team looks great bald. And, I can’t imagine Corey Hickmann with hair. But on me, bald is “meh” at best.
Even though I have a hairdo that doesn’t look great on me, I can’t help but reflect on the lessons being bald has reminded me of or taught me.
Lesson #1: Well Trained Professionals Do a Better Job
My haircut was free, and I got what was expected from a free haircut. Now I understand why barbers need a license. If your job is to make people more attractive, there needs to be someone out there handing out licenses to make sure that happens. Because if you do this wrong, it can get ugly quickly!
The same is true when it comes to the trades. A tradesperson needs to be highly trained! A license isn’t required in every state, and I can understand why. However, I can never understand a service technician not being well-trained.
A well-trained service technician is always a must in the trades! Without proper training, there is far more at risk than just a bad haircut. A poorly trained service technician can cause permanent loss to property and body.
Lesson #2: It Refocuses You on What’s Really Important
Ego is a very powerful thing. We all have an ego, and we all have certain traits that we like about ourselves. I really liked my hair. Seriously though, it was pretty great! Yet, hair is superficial. My hair never paid anyone a compliment. It never gave to the poor or hugged a sad friend. In other words, hair is just part of our exterior.
It’s the heart and the mind that make us who we are. It’s how we treat our neighbor that matters far more than how we look.
It may seem like an odd connection, but removing my hair has encouraged me to stop thinking so much about myself. (I see the irony that I’m writing a blog about myself saying that I’m thinking about others.) However, it has served as a great reminder to look to help others instead of looking to help myself.
Lesson #3: It Will Grow Back
My hair will grow back. But, so what if it didn’t? Again, it’s just hair. It’s not that big of a deal.
But the fact that it will grow back leads to an important lesson:
What You’ve Lost Can Be Restored!
This is the lesson that I want you to take to heart today. If you have lost something truly important, it can be restored!
It is never too late to rebuild your business or restore the lost relationship! Those loses are not permanent. They are temporary.
With patience, faith, hard work, love, and good deeds, you can regrow anything!
I hope that this past week was a wonderful time for your family and a reminder of what is important!
Todd Liles is the Founder of Service Excellence Training and creator of the PRESS PLAY Training System.
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