Giving Back to the Industry | Written by: Megan Garmers, MG Hair and Makeup
I think that it is fair to say that it is the goal of every entrepreneur to be considered an expert in their field. And this status doesn’t come easily. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears, long nights and many sacrifices to reach your goals. And no matter where you are in your journey, it never gets any easier finding additional hours in the day to get everything done.
We do a variety of different things to give back with our talents and other resources, but one way I like to give back is to help teach the next generation of industry professionals. Helping those starting out allows them to focus their talents and resources in perfecting the wheel instead of recreating it. It validates all the hard work and important contributions you’ve made to the industry.
Sometimes it’s easy to give back when we think we are helping those less fortunate than us because we don’t feel threatened by what they gain from our gifts. However sometimes we neglect contributing to the community of our industry out of fear the competition will take our business.
Now I’m not saying that you leave your company books open and spill all your secrets via every social media channel you have. And I admit, not all who seek advice are looking for help, some just want a cheat sheet to become the next “you” in the industry. But as an expert, you should be able to discern the difference. There are ways to give back like speaking at industry conferences or mentoring new professionals that help your area of the industry move to another level.
I speak at schools and industry trade shows across the country and now we are gearing up for our fall North American education tour about the business of bridal beauty. Not every seminar I give is paid, but the rewards for every seminar are great. It’s amazing how grateful those attending the seminars have been with what I’ve shared. It’s not about telling them what to do but helping them understand how to approach it. It is good advice and direction (and sometimes a “what to do”) to help the next generation do better and faster what they are passionate to do – what you were once passionate to do when you were in their shoes starting out.
At the end of the day, raising the bar for the industry helps everyone like a rising tide raises all boats. I’m certainly not getting any younger and someday I’m going to have to pass the baton to another generation. However sometimes you don’t need to wait to be finished before you pass your baton. I much prefer to have helped shape them and teach my best practices so that what I have accomplished with all my hard work and sacrifice can be improved upon long after I’m gone.