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The Secret Recipe for Success

By: Danita Johnson Hughes, PhD
Posted: April 29, 2011, from the May 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

Today’s is a microwave society where most expect to get what they want instantly, or at least in less than a minute. People are tricked into believing that fame and success can be achieved overnight, if they only work harder, longer and faster, adopting an all-or-nothing attitude that says you must either succeed or fail, there is no in-between.

But there is an in-between—the period between success and failure that, for some, lasts for years.

There once was a 6-year-old boy who, having lost his father, was left to take on the brunt of the household responsibilities while his mother returned to work full-time. He would go on to hold several jobs during the course of his adulthood, and would experience devastating setbacks throughout his life, but there was one constant: He loved to cook and loved sharing his cooking with others. That boy was Harland Sanders, the man behind Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), which didn’t become recognized as being successful until Sanders was in his 60s.

So, how does his success translate to your spa team? It is so important to help your team members identify their passions and follow the secrets of success employed by Sanders. Have individual conversations with each team member to identify their drivers and help bring out the best in each of them by sharing the following four secret ingredients.

1. Passion

Do you have a passion? What is it and how can you express it more fully in your life? If you consider yourself to be passion-less, then spend some time looking back on your life to see what used to excite you. Your passion may be lying in wait, hoping you’ll see it. Take time to clarify your passion; only then can you begin to produce the behavior that will turn your vision into reality.

2. Positive perspective