The Barber's Confessional: A Conversation with Wade Menendez
“If you want to be successful, you have to work hard ... and it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes lots of practice and patience to find your niche. Once you do, the possibilities are endless.”—Wade The Barber
Context: Those are words to live and work by. Wade Menendez known around the world as “Wade the Barber” is a master barber that has been the field for over 12 years. He graduated from Avara’s Academy of Hair Design, opening his first barber salon, “The W Hair Loft” in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He has second location in the Washington, DC area (opened in the summer of 2014).
I was honored to sit down and have a candid conversation with this pioneer in both business and the male grooming industry. To be quite honest, he is one of the most down to earth, sincere and humble individuals i’ve ever interviewed; he is very direct in his approach and wise in his answers.
We discussed everything! From the craziest thing he has ever heard in from someone sitting in his chair, briefly to his fight with depression and pushing past the pains of life and finding your niche; finding your purpose. Discovering that thing you love to do and the thing you were born to do.
Why this matters: It is crucial that we take the time to investigate success. It is one thing to admire our favorite influencers or even engage with their products or services. But taking the time to reach out and understand the man behind the movement, the woman behind the wonderment is what allows pioneering and success to become legacy and not just history.