I learned about the shortage of ethics very early in my career. My mentor brought me into her Spa when I was seventeen. She taught me how to do amazing services for amazing clients. She was a single Mom who took care of her three kids and worked full time as an Esthetician. One of her kids being my best friend growing up, I got to witness her hard work support to her family. This was my first job, and my first real experience of witnessing people taking advantage of others. I was working there one month when the boss pulled me into the office. My employer had just bought the Spa from two previous owners that had to sell it due to an illness. She came in, wanting a fortune and treated everyone like dirt. Starting with firing my mentor, and manipulating me. They pulled me int the office and told me they were going to fire her, and that I was getting promoted. At a much lower rate I should mention. I was nervous, it was my first job! I was so afraid and kept quite, letting my friend go through a horrible situation with no warning. This was the days before texting I might add, but still a bad decision. I choose to keep a bad paying, dishonest job, over being true to a dear friend. Eventually I had to quit anyway, due to my Mother sick in the hospital. They would not relive me, and told me what was more important? My job or taking care of my ill Mom? Well, Mom won, and a few months later the Evil succubus lost the business and hopefully everything, in a turn of re joyful karma.
Little did I know that decision would shape my world forever. My mentor forgave me for not warning her of the bosses evil plans. She showed me that day what grace was, what humility was, and how to get back on your feet. She was working for herself by the end of the month and now owns her own Spa. But my feelings of the industry was forever tarnished. I thought to myself, that if I ever am in a position to change the way practitioners are treated that I would.
So lets take the fear out of this industry