David Thurston on Failure

As a stylist, if you’re pushing yourself to try new creative things, or if you’re challenging the established artistic boundaries, you’re going to have a few clunkers or flops along the way. In any pursuit of greatness, failing is part of the process.

And when you fail, the critic doesn’t count. They just point out how someone stumbled, or how they could have done it so much better without understanding the big picture of how it is merely a steppingstone to achieving more.

No, the credit doesn’t go to the critic; it goes entirely to the person who is actually daring to achieve great things… who comes up short from time to time. I respect those who pursue greatness and fail far more than those who don’t pursue it at all.


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And remember, those who portray the pursuit of success as being uncool do so because they’re too lazy to put out the effort themselves or they’re too fearful of making the mistakes that success requires. Tune those people out and surround yourself with others who share your drive.

Cheers to all those stylists, salon owners, and others who are pushing the boundaries, putting aside their fear of failure in the pursuit of greatness.

- David at Butterfly Loft Salon 

About: David Thurston is the founder of Butterfly Loft salon and Ubungalows Luxury Salon Suites, that combined make up a 10,000 square foot salon and spa located in Los Angeles, California.  He is also the founder of Butterfly Circus, a touring education team made up of some of the most recognizable stylists in the world, who collaborate to put on large hair shows.  David is also the co-founder of Butterfly Loft Academy, a hands-on education company that teaches the latest Balayage, color melt, and vivid/pastel coloring techniques. Follow Butterfly Loft on Instagram.