50 Life Lessons through Noëlle
ONE ON ONE with Peter DiCaprio
The great Noel DiCaprio
is often credited as the
mother of the day spa
movement. As the business she
foundedâThe NoÃ«lle Spa for
Beauty and Wellness in Stamford,
Connecticutâcelebrates 50 years,
her husband Peter remembers 50
valuable lessons he learned in life
and in business with Noel.
1. Always assume â¦ positively.
2. Always eat breakfast.
3. Always sing in your own voice.
4. Be a gentle person.
5. Be quietâlisten 10 times more than you talk.
6. Be scrutable.
7. Be thankful.
8. Consult with people outside your industry.
10. Cell phones are mostly unimportant.
11. Creativity comes in many guises.
12. Dance by yourself.
13. Dance with others.
14. Details are where you win.
15. Details are where you lose.
16. Discover the truth.
17. Do it yourself.
18. Donât do it for moneyâthe payoff is never enough.
19. Dress codes are flexible.
20. Each day is newâtreat it that way.
21. Eleven times, and then youâve got it.
22. Fake it âtil you make itâ Noelâs favorite line.
23. First, be honest.
24. Heart is the bonus, use it wisely.
25. Know your language.
26. Know your numbers.
27. Know your weaknesses, and use that knowledge to your advantage.
28. Laugh if you are given the chance to.
29. Learn to write.
30. Make business decisions with your head.
31. Move things aroundâit will look like a new place.
32. Never take anything for granted.
33. Never look like you are in a hurry.
34. Never deny your passions.
35. Never lose an opportunity to talk about your business.
36. Overheard is never trustworthy.
37. Play an instrument.
39. Take great notes on everything.
40. To be in the game, you need to love it.
41. To stay in the game, you need to make a profit.
42. To succeed in the game, you need goals.
43. Technology is imperative for moving forward.
44. There is wisdom to be gained through age.
45. Training never ends.
46. Value education.
47. Value your supporters.
48. Value your detractors.
49. You canât know UP if youâve never seen DOWN.
50. Your business is your home.
Listen In! Editor in Chief Stacey Soble recently spoke with Peter about NoÃ«lleâs ups and downs through its 50-year history, from a devastating walkout and fi re to pioneering some of the concepts that are the foundation of our industry today. Catch a podcast of the interview at salontoday.com/podcast.
Originally posted on Salon Today.