Last week we had the opportunity to spend the day with the always inspiring Geno Stampora who will be inducted into the NAHA Hall of Leaders this summer. What a great day! Geno is one of the main reasons I got into education. As a young Salon Owner, Geno's words motivated me to reach for more and follow my dream of owning my own school. Even though I have seen Geno many times, I still learn something new each time. Geno's visit reminded me of a valuable lesson that I learned in high school about continuous improvement. At the time I thought that I was a great baseball player. I was one of eleven Sophomores to make the baseball team and I was confident that I was pretty good. I came to find out later that I was the last player to make the cut, obviously, I wasn't as good as I thought. I loved baseball however, and I kept getting better. By the time I was a senior I started for the team and had a pretty good year. My point is that no matter how good you think you are, you've got to keep improving. It's not where you are now, it's where you want to be. It is critical that if you are going to be successful, you continue to learn from the best. A day with Geno is a day with a true master. I would suggest that you take advantage of every opportunity you have to hear a leader like Geno speak. Here are a few lessons from our day with Geno:
* Be patient. Understand that success takes time.
* Time flys whether you are having fun or not, so have fun!
* Are you being productive or just active.
* Your attitude is an investment. You get paid for being positive.
* Remember the difference between price and cost. What does it cost to be uneducated?
* The greatest enemy of learning is knowing.
* Never share a problem with someone who can't solve it.
* Motivation comes from within after inspired learning.
Geno Stampora with the students of Taylor Andrews Academy