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Vidal Sassoon Told Me This Key To Success- Have You Got It?

Hairdressing icon Vidal Sassoon died a couple of days ago. To hairdressers, he was quite simply a rock star. But it was something he told me almost 20 years ago that I want to share with you today. It startled me when he said it, and the truth of it resounds just as powerfully today. See if you agree.

Vidal Sassoon – self-made, highly driven and from a grindingly poor background – revolutionized the hairdressing craft. His obituary in The Sydney Morning Herald read: “ An astute businessman, he made a fortune from his salons and products, and became a household name.”

I was having lunch with him during a promotional tour we were coordinating in the mid-1990s. I asked him about his success and fame. And it was then that he told me a simple truth that not only underpins my approach to my career and life, but is something I have shared with as many people as I can. This is what Vidal told me.

What the air hostess told me that changed my life

Whenever I sit on a plane, and while the safety demonstration unfolds, I am reminded of the most powerful advice I have ever been given by a stranger. It changed the way I live and work. Maybe it will do the same for you?

Her name was Christina, or so read her Air Hostess name tag. She was doing the safety demonstration. When it came to using the oxygen masks, she explained how adults should first affix theirs before helping their children put masks on.

“Why should we do that?” I asked her when she had finished.

Her reply changed me forever.

Nike and the F word: How to motivate yourself into action

Warning! This post contains a naughty word. No-not ‘profit’. This one starts with F, and ends with K. But it’s a relevant story- one I only recently heard, and which has had an immediate, dramatic and positive impact on my effectiveness and productivity.

Productive, successful executives are those able to consistently tackle and get done difficult and big challenges. How do they do it?

Frankly- I don’t know, but I do know how I get more of the important things done, and recently learnt a great additional tip from a book by fitness guru Michelle Bridges, who made her name as the fitness coach on the TV show, “Australia’s Biggest Loser.” It’s a fabulous tool to increasing our performance- every time we have a tough job to do.