I meet many young women as part of my commitment to helping the younger generation develop their skills and understanding of what it takes to create a successful business in the beauty industry.
It’s wonderful to see that there is so much interest and ambition in the people I meet when I do this. It makes what I do feel really worthwhile and gives me the energy to want to keep going out and doing it.
One thing I have noticed is that young women now have much more self belief than was common when I was starting out on my journey. I think that much of this is that young women now have a way to reach out to others who think as they do and appreciate the same styles. The internet has enabled young women to connect as tribes.
Tribes have power. Tribes can start and sustain a movement towards a goal. Tribes can be co-educated communities with everyone learning from each other. Of course tribes have leaders and no one attracts thousands of followers if what they’re doing isn’t interesting to other people, but those leaders have to spend time developing their skills by putting in the time to learn.
Innovation Requires Knowledge
True innovators are not those who can ‘do’ something, but those who have the underpinning knowledge to understand why it works the way it does.
This understanding is what provides the foundation for them to be able to develop new approaches and to be the first to create something completely different from what has gone before.
Developing the Future
Amongst the young women I talk to there are probably some of the tribal leaders of the future and, while it’s true that not all of them will come together as a single tribe, I see connections being made as they exchange details of their blogs, vlogs and Instagram accounts.
I sometimes feel as though I’m witnessing the beginning of a new future; one in which there is true collaborative development driven by a tribal consensus.
It makes me proud to see something so wonderful beginning right in front of me.