The three days of education, inspiration and fun at The Millennium Experience always seems to fly by in the blink of an eye. From the amazing educators to the high-energy attendees, to the valuable sponsors, it was surely a weekend we will never forget. Here are 10 things we learned this year in Arizona.
#1 Stay Hungry
Millennium Founder and CEO John Harms reminded us in his opening keynote to stay hungry. Never lose your drive and purpose. Come to work every day with the goal to give 1000% and work towards your next milestone.
#2 Always Keep Learning
As Sam Villa said, “The seasons change, and we too, have to change as hairdressers. We can no longer rely on what we know.” There’s danger in the comfort zone. The most successful people make an effort to always learn and grow.
#3 Be Humble and Authentic
No one else is you, and that is your superpower. Don’t forget where you came from. Many of our educators spoke this weekend about how humility and originality will take you so much further than anything else.
#4 We’re All Influencers
Jay Wesley Olson said it best. It doesn’t matter how many Instagram followers you have, we are all influencers, even if it starts off one person at a time. Whether you’re behind the chair or at the grocery store, our actions always have the power to influence someone else.
#5 Leave Time for Fun
What’s work without a little play? Always leave time to unwind and recharge. You will return with more fuel behind your purpose and a fresh mind.
#6 Technology is a Must
Our Monday keynotes, Antony Whitaker and Dr. Leon Alexander, reminded us that technology has forever changed our industry. Staying up-to-date with the latest technology is a must in order to streamline business processes and fulfill clients’ expectations.
#7 Serve Others
Always give back to move forward. Humanitarian and #BeAwesometoSomebody founder Mark Bustos told us that giving back has made him a better business owner and leader because serving others has allowed him to interact with everyone with humility and gratitude.
#8 Find Others Who Compliment Your Strengths
Nova Salon Co-Owner and NAHA winner Bennie Pollard reminds us that in order to run a successful business and lead a team, we must align ourselves and partner with others who have complementary, yet different strengths.
#9 Find Inspiration Everywhere
As creatives, we sometimes get too stuck on imitating what’s trending on social media. Confessions of a Hairstylist Jenny Strebe told us she spends a lot of time in art galleries to spark creativity. Think outside of the box. Find inspiration outside of your digital device. Find your own voice that will help you grow.
#10 It Does Rain in the Desert
Who would have ever thought our time in Arizona would be accompanied by historic rain? Embrace the unexpected and don’t forget to dance a little along the way.
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