10 questions by Michelle Hammond.
Q1 - How did your childhood influence your work ethic and attitude towards business? -
My father was hard working man. I guess he passed on to me the love for work, the joy of creating something, of making change. Later on I discovered this quote that has never stopped to inspired me: Work is a visible side of love
Q2 - What do you believe the principles of a successful business are today?
To be ethical is key today. Very soon we will all agree with Buckminster Fuller who said that we are all on a spaceship called earth and we need to take care of it for the good of everyone. We can’t keep wasting our resources, plundering our planet or even have the luxury of wars. We are all one in this spaceship. Therefore, successful business needs absolutely to be based on the wellness of everyone, for the good of everyone. Fortunately there is a global movement taking place, driven by a new generation of diverse entrepreneurs, who believe the world can and must change. These creative entrepreneurs are launching dynamic new enterprises that offer innovative solutions to our most pressing social and environmental challenges. Tomorrow’s unicorns will be those businesses who deliver strong social and environmental impact, alongside compelling financial returns.
Q3 - Looking back, what was your best business decision?
To focus solely on massage and training rather than dilute ourselves in multiple business offerings. This allowed us to become an expert in our field, strengthen our brand continuously with the clear vision. In more general terms: to believe in what I do, every day, not matter the challenges.
Q4 - Who has influenced you the most through your career?
We are the fruit of an ensemble of circumstances and influences. If you open and listen to your heart, good things will come to you. But of course, you need to choose your influences. I never had one master or one guide but have had several at different times of my life and it continues like that. It is the beauty of life to be open to growth.
Q5 - What was your most difficult / worst business decision?
It is always very difficult to terminate a work agreement with somebody. It is not an easy decision to make and even more difficult to communicate.
Q6 - What would you say was the single most advantageous character trait for success?
To have the passion for what you do and be focused on what matters.
Q7 - What happens when you’re stressed or overwhelmed?
I am very much into breath work and meditation and it always helps. Floating, dancing are great ways to melt, to burn stress as well.
Q8 - How do you invest in your own wellbeing. How do you look after yourself?
I stretch everyday in the morning and also meditate. I am sending out a clear intention for the day - what I want to achieve, but also how I want to feel. I drink warm water with lemon juice, avoid any fast food and trying to eat clean if possible. I keep regular massages, and moments/hours/days off – it depends on my schedule. I am also using different healing modalities to raise my self-awareness, to keep my mind in balance, to understand myself better. I watch my sleeping hours, trying to go to bed before midnight.
Q9 - If you could change one thing about the spa and wellness industry what would it be and why?
There is so much to change. The industry at the moment believes that changing or introducing one new thing will make big changes. Someone needs to be disruptive in this industry especially when it comes of taking care of their therapists. This could be the most exciting job in the world to become a therapist and unfortunately it is not. One can wonder why !!
Q10 - Finally, What’s your favourite quote or the best advice you’ve ever been given?
This too shall pass