click image to zoom Our progress in the technical and creative side of our industry today, is because Vidal Sassoon didn't conform to the mindset of legacy hairdressing and saw a vision of women with natural geometrically cut creations. Vidal was an unreasonable man!
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him. The unreasonable man adapts the surrounding conditions to himself. All progress depends on the unreasonable man." - George Bernard Shaw
If we carefully watch what is going on in the world, we should get to the same results as other people. But we don't. So what makes the difference? The difference is not what we have learned, but in how we thought about it. It's our mindset! Over the years we have developed certain rules to discipline our minds and filter information. We match and measure information against our own experience, using our values and mindsets.
Mindsets are the ground on which rain falls and then plants sprout depending on the mindsets we have, and this leads to different conclusions. It's how we receive information, that is the key.
Judgements in almost every area are driven by mindsets, from world affairs to personal relationships. Mindsets work like fixed stars in our heads.
We all would like a picture of the future. How will commerce, trade and production be affected in a world where literacy is in the decline and visual communication is in the ascendancy? How will online purchases affect sales and service in salons?
We are culturally conditioned to be right. The teacher is right, the boss is right, our parents are right. Political parties have institutionalized having to be right. Imagine if all that energy that goes into trying to prove the other side is wrong, were channeled into actually thinking about what was best for whatever the dispute is about. Having to be right is a barrier to learning and understanding. It keeps us away from growing.
Each breakthrough breaks old mind sets. That's the character of change. Discoveries grow out of something that is already there. Apples had always fallen to the ground, but Isaac Newton saw "the deeper meaning." The earth has always circled the sun, but Copernicus and Galileo observed the evidence and made the connections.
Geniuses often build on details that many people spot but cannot connect. The future is a collection of possibilities, directions, events, twists and turns, advances and surprises. As time passes, everything finds its place and together all the pieces form a new picture of the world. In a projection of the future, we have to understand where the pieces will go, and the better we understand the connections, the more accurate the picture will be.