(And What To Do About It)
Life throws us curve balls all the time. When we think everything is going well, a challenge shows up. But just as quick as challenges show up, they can disappear even quicker.
When I was twelve years old, I started a new school. It was difficult to be the new kid. There was this one kid who started picking on me. He use to give me the business. One day, at recess, he thought it would be fun to walk up to me and throw a rubber ball right in my face, while all his friends watched.
For me this was the last straw. As he walked away, I picked myself up and ran him down. I jumped on his back turned him over and started wailing on him. He was a bigger kid, but I had had enough. Now I don’t condone violence, but I had to defend myself and his bullying had to stop.
I only got in a few hits on him before a teacher came and broke us up. He was shocked. His friends actually were rooting for me! We didn’t get in trouble, and after that we all became friends. This was the only fight I got into and it was a pivotal moment in my childhood.
Sometimes, I think back to that fight and I feel the same is true for men’s hair donors; both determination and fortitude are needed, but there is a happy ending.
Here are a few of the signs that you NEED to be a hair donor:
1. You love to rebel.
To some degree, all of us love to rebel. But if your level of rebellion is more like a full on x-wing attack, then you're probably ready to be a hair donor. There are many ways to rebel. For you it may be owning a Harley, or dressing up and going to the Renaissance Faire, or wearing pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness. If you love to rebel, you were born to be a hair donor.
2. You’re a volunteer extraordinaire.
As a volunteer, you know the joy that giving brings. Most volunteering opportunities are short term. They don’t require the length of time commitment that hair donation does, but as an outstanding volunteer you are ready for the challenge that being a hair donor requires!
3. You stand up for the little guy.
Think back to your childhood. Do you remember a time when you had a friend who was being picked on and you stood up for him? Do you remember how good it felt. Well, when you’re a men’s hair donor, you are not only helping to breakdown the stigma that prevents men from having long hair in the workplace, but you are also helping to provide someone who desperately need your hair!
4. You’re have the entrepreneurial spirit.
If you have that get up and go attitude, someone who doesn’t want to just punch a clock; then becoming a men’s hair donor is for you. When you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you are ready to do what it takes to succeed. Being a hair donor requires the same dedication that fuels your entrepreneurial spirit.
5. You are a rockstar in sales.
As a salesmen you have been the face of the company. Your perseverance has pushed you to the of your company. In order to get there, you had to deal with a lot of rejection. But you know rejection is just something that just needs to be pushed through. Well, the same is true of your hair donation journey.
There are a lot of reasons that you may have not been able to be the rebel you know you are. It may be the case that you have had to conform to the standards of your industry. It may be that you bowed to the pressure of your parents or teachers. It may be that you thought that you couldn’t grow you hair.
Whatever the reason, you know that there is so much more to you! Yes, life does throw you curve balls, but if you are willing to stand up for what you know is right, and become a hair donor, then there is a great ride waiting for you! If any of these signs are in your life, take the plunge and start your journey as a men’s hair donor!
Christopher Bell is an accidental hair donor, advocating for men to embrace the journey of hair donation while also working to remove the social stigma preventing men from growing their hair in the workplace.
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