Qnity Ambassador

 Matt Mellot | Adolf Biecker | Philadelphia, PA

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Hear what Matt has to say about Q+A

"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great." -Zig Ziglar

"It's always too early to quit." -Norman Vincent Peale

The hardest part of any new journey is the beginning. When you are looking to go somewhere you need to know where it is that you are going. You cannot simply begin to walk or ride or drive or move in any way without the proper knowledge of where you want to end up. A guide, a map, or someone by your side that has already been there can be helpful. This is the part of your journey that requires a plan. You also have to be willing to surrender your ego and be open to new ideas and ways of getting there. You also must exhibit the flexibility to allow that plan to change.

Qnity lays down a path so that you can individually reach your destination. It is an outline that can help you to achieve your goals. It is your map.

I use the 9GRID to help visualize my own goals. I use my experiences in the salon and what I have learned from Qnity to map my own journey. It helps to use visuals to check in with myself. I think this tool has helped me to see in a concise and focused way how to get where I want to be.

As part of the Aveda network I also have created rituals that help to keep my focus. Tracking is perhaps my favorite ritual. I actually track my numbers each and every day. I give myself three goals at the beginning of each new week and in turn write three small successes at the weeks conclusion. When I have hit the goals in each category at weeks end, I give myself smiley face stickers as a reward. I also calculate by what percentage I have improved or slipped. I keep all of these in what I call my 'tracking journal' which is a moleskine ruled notebook. I am easily able to look at the beginning of my journey all the way to my current week. I leave a place to take notes where I can include things that have worked or things that have not worked.

I do not compete with my colleagues or teammates. I compete with who I was last week or last year. I want to always grow and become a better version of myself. In keeping tabs on who I am and where I have been, I can see where I am going and how to get there. Because I only compete with myself, I want all of those around me to succeed as well. I think when everyone is reaching their potential, we are more likely to work as a team.

In Sanskrit, Aveda is translated as 'all knowledge'. I hope I never reach a point where I think that I know everything. Like Aveda, I want to always seek new knowledge. I never want to lose my curiosity and my willingness and openness to new experiences. This is the best way to fight the complacency.

I have been so fortunate to have been given the opportunities that I have been given. I really think it would be an honor to share what I have learned, both my formal education and what I have learned through my failures and my successes. I was able to take a workshop with the Arrojo education team and something resonated with me so deeply. They quoted "Do not believe in any dogma." What I took from that quote was that there is not one singular path to success. There is no one way to do anything. There may be the best way that I have found to do a certain haircut or blow dry, but that does not mean that one of my teammates must do it the same way. When we can each share our best ways to get there then we can borrow from one another and find our own best way. I think that the Qnity model showcases this perfectly as it creates a customized roadmap to reach your goals.

One other morsel of wisdom that has been with me a long time was from Fabrice Gili, the creative director of Frédéric Fekkai. He explained that when learning something new, frustration is a welcomed side effect. If you're struggling with a new technique and are becoming frustrated, it means that you care about it. If you are not frustrated then it is not meaningful to you. This is important because before something becomes a ritual it may not feel natural, but in time it will become a part of who you are.

I have found through my own journey that you must always be reaching for something and you must work to discover a way to get there. There are always bumps along that path but Qnity teaches us to understand that your aim is progress, not perfection. I chose two quotes at the top that I believe illustrate this concept perfectly. We all must start at a certain point and we must never give up.

As an ambassador for Qnity I believe that I could help others to choose a destination, create a path and find within themselves their own prosperity.

Earn more money. Do what you love. Have a life.

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