We were lucky to catch up with Shreeda Tailor recently and have shared our conversation below.
Shreeda, thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us today What do you think matters most in terms of achieving success?
Success can be defined in so many ways. Is it the money in the bank? Is it the love in your life? Is it the experiences? No matter how you define success, there’s a few basic principles I believe set you up to receive that success abundantly. Hold yourself accountable for everything. Humility in your mistakes and failures will allow you to see the lesson through the sting of failure. I wouldn’t even consider it a failure if you learned a lesson. Then it becomes a valuable experience. Boundaries help me keep pace in a busy life. I don’t always have the bandwidth for social engagements. I pick the things I want to give my time to and then give my whole attention to that. If I’m going to spend time with a friend, I make sure I am doing it when I can fully participate and be present. Saying no to something means I can say yes to something else. It can be uncomfortable to say no but with practice it become easy because ultimately it means you’re saying yes to something else that matters more. Priorities and principles are always considered with every decision. When taking on a new project, I always ask myself ‘does this align with my values?’ and ‘Will this help me get closer to my goal?’ If the answer is no to either, I’m out. Commitment over motivation is my driving force. If I am committed to my goals, it doesn’t matter if I’m feeling particularly unmotivated on any given day. The discipline to honor my commitments supersedes motivation. These principles have guided me to what I consider success.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers
I am a second generation stylist and have been behind the chair about 10 years and educating for over 6. I started my career in the medical field in Nuclear Medicine, and later did my grad work in education. I had the opportunity to pivot careers and chose to follow my heart into the hair industry. I haven’t looked back since. My clients can expect me to be honest and take the time to educate them about all things hair. I want them to make informed choices that are practical for their lifestyle. Any person who participates in my classes can expect to feel my passion for this industry and sharing knowledge. It has come to be my signature. With me you’ll get transparency and my absolute respect. I have had such a fun career so far. Opportunities have taken me all over the world, backstage at fashion week, leading shows, meeting and working on celebrities. I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I am most proud of my work when it creates impact. Meaningful conversations, problems solved, a lifted spirit, or a higher self esteem are the things that mean the most to me. At the heart of it, my work is about connection.
We often hear about learning lessons – but just as important is unlearning lessons. Have you ever had to unlearn a lesson?
“Fake it until you make it.” This was something I heard over and over when I was in beauty school. I believed it because that piece of advice is given in so many industries. It’s problematic because it puts one in a position to deny their shortcomings or any gaps in knowledge. I think it’s crucial to acknowledge the things you don’t know so you can ask for help, seek education or coaching, and grow your talents. Once I started being upfront about the things I didn’t know, I was able to manage my client’s expectations which lead to better results and a happy head of hair in my chair.
Can you tell us the story behind how you met your business partner?
I love this story because my business partner is my husband. We met online back when people weren’t really doing that sort of thing regularly. It only took two meetings in the span of a month to decide we would get married. Creating and growing this business with him has been just as effortless as deciding to get married.
- Website: shreedatailor.com
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