Saturday, February 13, 2010

Where's the Gratitude?

I've always been one that believes that you get what you give.  I have always been very generous with my knowledge.  I've never hesitated to help anyone who needs it.  This is especially true when it comes to the art of doing nails. 

When I first started to do nails, no one wanted to help me.  I didn't let that stop me.  I started traveling, surrounding myself with talented people and I learned from the best.  I traveled to shows, I started competing, I started working as an educator for a manufacturer.  I swore that I would help any new tech, so that they would not hit a brick wall like I did.

For nearly 10 years, I have done this.  I've mentored dozens of nail techs.  Some traveled hours to spend some time learning from me.  I have never charged for this.  I've always operated under the "Pay it Forward" approach.  I only asked that they do for someone else in the future, what I have done for them.

Lately, I am really thinking that I need to change my way of thinking.  I have been used and abused by not one, but TWO people recently and it is really leaving a sour taste in my mouth.  I feel like I've been stolen from, taken advantaged of and now I am getting smack talked.  What these two don't realize is that it is a small town and I know nearly every person in town and when they are talking, people they are talking in front of know me.  They tell me what was said.

So go ahead with the blind, leading the blind.  Trash away.  I tell you this, the trash that you are producing is a mess and guess who is fixing your messes?  That's right me!  Guess what, not only am I fixing the messes, I am gaining new clients because of it.  Karma's a bitch and there is a big old case of it coming your way.


foxxychica said...

Continue to be who you are. I know it may be difficult, but rest assured that those individuals will not prosper with that attitude.

Melissa said...

I know how you feel. I also live in a small town and after giving my blood, sweat and tears for a person for over a year with only ended up with that person (who doesn't even live in our small town but runs her business here) telling people in MY TOWN that I stole $800.00 from her and that I am a bad nail tech (she trained me). But I got the last laugh and opened up my business in a hair salon right next door to her.
Just remember we are the bigger people with strong shoulders and people will know the truth soon enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Melissa