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Isn't it funny how quickly time flies yet we don't even know it until we start to look back? Yesterday was a special day for me as it was 5 years to the day of my graduation from Paul Mitchell the school Chicago. It's funny because in one sense it feels like just yesterday that Brittany, Georgina, Katelynn, Kevin, and I were walking into our Core Classroom for the first time and in another sense I feel like I've been able to achieve and do so much of what I dreamed about then in a small amount of time.

I love investing in companies I believe in. Nothing major, but it's a good way (if you do it right) to add to your assets. I used to tell myself that the best investment I ever made was buying Apple stock 6 months before the iPhone launched in 2007. As I've thought about it though, that's not true. It may be the best stock purchase I ever made, but not my best investment.

The best investment I made was my tuition to go to PMTS Chicago. What I learned there has taken me across the country, helped build not just my business as a stylist, but gave me many of the tools I needed to help build my team, and I continue to have a connection there to hire amazing new talent.

A student recently asked me, "What's the most important thing a new stylist can do?" and my answer was invest in Education. The more quality programs you attend, the more workshops you participate in, the more you'll be able to do. It's just like Dr. Seuss said, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."

One major key to the value of your investment is the profit you get back. When Apple makes money, a portion of that goes back to the shareholders in dividends. The difference here is investing in a company and investing in your education is that you have total control over dividends. No need to worry if people are going to want to buy the new iPhones or iPads, the payback from your educational investment comes through in your daily actions.

I love the time I had at PMTS and when I started, I was afraid of how big an investment it was going to be, but undoubtedly, it was an investment that will be paying dividends for the rest of my life.


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