The Seed of Hope

A gift for tomorrow

You want to know WHAT?


Applying for a job at Salon M²? The first thing you have to do is fill out an application for employment, which consists of two pages.


The first page is what you would expect to see when applying for a job: personal information, education, experience, and references, which is nothing out of the ordinary. You’ll probably consider it to be almost too easy to fill out; it’s what some would call a “no-brainer”.


It’s when you turn to the second page and begin to read that a look of bewilderment may register on your face. You may even sneak a peak to see if I’ve noticed your look of surprise. If you do, you can bet that I’ll be looking, and that I’ll be smiling back. I always love it when that happens!


Okay, before you come in to fill out an application just to satisfy your curiosity, I’ll tell you what’s on the page.


Three questions:


  • What are the top five priorities in your life?
  • What are your long-term career goals?
  • How can you best achieve these goals?


At first glance these three questions seem relatively easy, don’t they?


But I’m not asking you to glance. I’m asking you to really think about the answers to these questions; I mean really think about it. Why? Two reasons:


As a leader in our business, I must know where you want to go before I can attempt to guide you towards your destination. If money is the top priority in your life, we will work towards that end. If your family is on the top of your list, I’ll know that we need to grow your career while making sure that your schedule gives you plenty of time at home. If God is at the top of your list, we’ll focus on career growing while implementing your faith in doing so. You see, once we determine your priorities we can plot a course for your goals, and how best to achieve them. What I want is for you to enjoy your journey as much as your destination.


That’s the first reason. Have you figured out the second?


Most of us (myself included) never take the time to set our priorities, to make a list of what’s really important to us. I remember the clarity of purpose I received the first time I answered these questions. Even more enlightening was answering those very same questions six months later. It’s amazing how our priorities change with time, achievement, and living life. What’s important to you today may be of little or no significance in a month, or a year.


So go ahead, fill out the second page. Answer the three questions. Do it for yourself. Be honest with your answers. You may be surprised.


And don’t worry; I’m not looking. I promise.








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