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i was having a great discussion with two close friends the other day. one is a chef, brad bridges, and the other is a hairdresser, ali conley. we were talking about being in over our heads sometimes. you know that spot......you're around industry people that are way ahead of you in skill and experience......working along side of a well respected professional....trying not to look like an idiot. it's exciting to be there!! we feel nervous and produce lot's of sweat, but that's where we grow and learn the most. learning under pressure is easy because of the amount of attention and focus applied at the time. we also get to see the foundational basics as well as the tricks that these creatives use.
another thing we learn in these times(and to me arguably the best thing) is sensing what is great. in the case of brad, he was able to taste food cooked by an industry great........brad can't ever taste some things the same again because of it. i've been in a room with a couple of guys i look up to a lot in the hair industry and i've seen them nail a perfect 5 point(tim harley) or design a great style(robert lobetta)......i won't reach that level for a while, but i also will not be satisfied until i do. experiencing greatness doesn't allow us to let the norm slide in our own work. if our senses are heightened and we continue to ignore that level of awareness, then we betray what we know is right. it's the same as playing sports with people better than you.....it will either make you better or make you quit. i prefer to get better, do you?

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Comment by Niki Walker on August 14, 2009 at 1:16pm
Ask yourself the easy questions and you will have a hard life. Ask yourself the hard questions and you will have an easier life.
I wanna play against the toughest guy on the court... it will only make me stonger!!
Thanks for sharing---
one love - Niki
Comment by Cheyenne Wright on August 2, 2009 at 10:12am
I absolutely love this....thank you.
Comment by Glenn Mitchell on June 14, 2009 at 11:48pm
You are speaking to my soul!
Comment by Lisa on June 13, 2009 at 7:32pm
After 13 years I was told that I had to go back to school and learn how to cut. WOW I went home that night and cried. I went to the Aveda accademy for 6 months and I'm happy I did it took me out of that spot where I was thinking I knew all about it when really I have a lot to learn and when some one wants to show me some thing I will learn and be happy to be there at that moment.
Comment by Little Red RobinHood on June 5, 2009 at 3:30pm
cross you fingers, jump in both feet first, and learn swim! discomfort brings the most security in the end. i thought i was drowning on my first shoot!
Comment by MICAHnickens on June 3, 2009 at 8:38pm
exactly. get caught learning, not being cool
Comment by Gerard Scarpaci on June 3, 2009 at 4:13pm
fail your way to sucess!

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