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Last updated: July 14, 2017

Mary’s 5 Pieces of Advice For Hairdressers

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BTC believes. We believe in the power of hairdressers and how you make people feel, the confidence you give them, the lives you touch. We believe in you. There’s no bigger supporter of hairdressers than BTC Founder and Creative Director Mary Rector-Gable. Watch her Morning Inspiration from the BTC “On Tour” stage in LA, and read on for our fave words of wisdom from Mary.


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1. “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
How much are you willing to sacrifice to make a dream come true? As a child, Mary grew up in rural Illinois in a very poor family. She wanted a 10-speed bike, but knew her family would never be able to afford it. So she set up a lemonade stand and spent a summer selling lemonade, talking to passing drivers about why she was working at such a young age. She was able to buy the bike—and learned that if you want something, you have to work to get it. Period.



2. “Gratitude is everywhere.”
Gratitude is an amazing thing—if you come from nothing, you appreciate everything. She may have had humble beginnings, but Mary’s life has changed forever by starting BTC, opening opportunities to do things like work with Vidal Sassoon and get to help so many hairdressers.


3. “You can be a victim or a victor.”
Every day that you wake up, you have two choices—will you prevail, or let life knock you down? “The hardships I had in my life taught me independence and strength,” Mary says. “I didn’t become successful in spite of my hardships. I became successful because of them. Because I was stronger. Not everyone gets a trophy, and not everyone deserves a trophy.” If you’re a victim and you spend a lot of time playing the blame game, the only person that loses is you.



4. “Good is the enemy of great.”
This is our mantra at BTC, and one that Mary believes in fully. There is always another level to achieve—Vidal Sassoon was always working to be better, even though he was an industry legend. Once you think you’ve achieved the peak, there’s only one way to go, and that’s down. Keep working to achieve greatness.


5. “Beware the saboteur of dreams cloaked as a friendly advisor.”
You know those people—the ones who think you’re crazy for working so hard, the ones who go home early while you’re still at the salon. These people don’t see your dream, and that’s OK. They don’t have to. But don’t let them tell you why your dream isn’t achievable. They’re not willing to sacrifice to be great.