Hello, beautiful people!
All the topics that I discuss arise from students', clients', and followers' questions and difficulties and, although my texts are focused on the world of dermopigmentation, this one in particular addresses topics that serve other areas of expertise.
When I wrote about insecurity and fear at the beginning of my career, I opened up my heart, sharing here a little bit of my story and everything I live by. I sincerely hope that it helps you.
I vividly remember the incredible passion I felt when I first encountered a dermopigmented eyebrow with a natural appearance.
A client had gotten her eyebrows done with Lu Rodrigues (the current owner of the Lu Makeup brand from Brazil), a high-performance professional who I had the pleasure of having as my first and unforgettable mentor.
The result was so smooth that I couldn't understand how it was possible. The only thing I knew was that I saw purpose in that kind of work, that new procedure would make life easier for countless people, and I needed to learn that technique.
Like at every beginning, I also faced challenges, and I had to seek help to overcome my fears, insecurities, and especially the "emotional self-sabotage" that brings us the feeling of not being or doing enough.
Talking to coworkers, friends from different work fields, and mainly researching biographies of admirable people who have had great success in their lives, I realized that this problem was not solely mine.
Everyone, without exception, experienced fear and insecurity at the beginning of their careers, and even experts still deal with these feelings when venturing into a new project.
"I was definitely able to overcome this when I started to value small achievements, finding motivation, and purpose in each stage."
Celebrating with every little achievement.
For example, if you are a new professional who is starting and still working on your "models," focus on doing your best and analyzing, in a positive way, every detail of your work during the procedure.
Celebrate each one of your improvements, whether it's a well-done hairstroke, a well-taken photo, or achieving the ideal color. Celebrate each milestone.
Continue to practice on artificial skins and once again celebrate each progress you make.
Avoid being mean to yourself. Remember that you are working and improving day by day.
You must obviously pay attention to your mistakes as they will show you where to turn your attention to. But don't take your progress for granted. Celebrate it. Celebrate it a lot!
When you celebrate even your smallest achievements, you create success memories, and these memories will increase your confidence. Your confidence starts to grow exponentially when you celebrate each small achievement.
Today, you are certainly better than yesterday. Imagine how you will be after a few months of training and dedication?
STOP COMPARING yourself to great "players" and "masters" in your area of expertise.
You can and should look up to and be inspired by other professionals and experts.
I have a list of masters and colleagues that I admire and inspire me a lot. Some because I love their work, others because I admire the way they teach.
Some, I look up to their life story. I admire who they are as a person, and I assure you that I bring a little of each of these people in me. This is healthy and highly recommended! It is totally different than comparing yourself to them.
Comparing yourself to others is harmful and must be avoided since each dermopigmentation professional is considered an artist, having within him or her a unique style that must be improved and encouraged to come to life through the details of his or her works.
What you need to do is listen to what the professionals and masters you admire are saying and put what they have done into practice. Adjust and bring to your reality the experiences, tips, and teachings that they often share for free—all of this without making comparisons.
Take what they are offering you and move on to perform the best you can.
Focus on yourself, on the path you have to follow.