Phil Beasley | Crain's Phoenix

In this ongoing series, we ask executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders about mistakes that have shaped their business philosophy.

Phil Beasley

Background:  

Blo Blow Dry Bar is North America’s original blow dry bar. "No cuts, no color: Just wash, blow, go" is its motto. With over 75 locations worldwide, Blo Blow Dry Bar is the largest blow dry bar franchise in the world.

The Mistake:

I didn’t seek out the help or advice of others.

The main mistake I made early in my career was trying to go at everything alone. I was going to do it all myself and I was going to get it done. I was ambitious and focused and I didn’t seek out the help or advice of others in formal, or informal, mentor-like relationships.

Over time, I came to realize how much I was missing, thinking that I could figure out everything on my own. It was a much harder task to get better, to develop and advance than it would have been if I had sought out the advice of others – within my industry or outside of it – to formalize some sort of relationship, to get feedback, to get advice and to have people share examples of what they did that worked.

I came to realize how much I was missing, thinking that I could figure out everything on my own.

The Lesson:

Later in my career, I formalized what I call a personal board of directors. It’s a concept that I adopted where I sought more mentorship relationships – not with just one mentor, but with mentors from several different areas of expertise, from inside and outside the industry.

Once I latched onto that idea and sought feedback from people and developed a sort of board of directors that would give me unfiltered feedback or advice on personal or business plans, I started realizing I had missed that value in the early parts of my career. It was very beneficial to me later on.

Follow Blo Blow Dry Bar on Twitter at @bloheartsyou.

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