Extraordinary

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Tugay Zeyrek is a hairdresser who works in his dads’ salon in a small town in Germany – and he cuts the hair of football stars and even music icons like Jason Derulo. When interviewing him I noticed quite a few things that we all can learn from him in order to achieve the extraordinary:

Have love and passion for an extra boost of energy (which you will need as you will read further down)

Tugay literally beamed when talking about his profession and story, and he was full of enthusiasm for what he is doing.

Never be big-headed but stay down-to-earth

During my stay at the salon, Tugay walked over to his regular customers, normal people without big names or big wallets, had a chat, called them by their names, and made sure they felt welcome and were happy with the service in the salon.

Keep on connecting

“When I was seventeen I already started to write to star managements but no one ever replied. Then I started to participate in hairdressers competitions and became world champion with the German Team. Eventually, a friend introduced me to a football player who played in the national team, and then one thing led to another.” Connections are key! I`ve heard that dozens of times and I can tell from my own experience that most of my jobs came through some sort of connection or referral. However, we need to get out there and actually make those connections. It is not a passive thing – waiting for a connection to show up – but it requires massive action: to show up for our connections and to get out there, let people know about our goals and grab any opportunity to connect.

Do not give up and be bold

“I have often punted on getting into concerts, I climbed over fences, ran from security – all these kinds of things. Even when you have agreed with a star to meet them, the security may think you`re a crazy groupie. When I was meant to meet Jason Derulo at his concert, none of the security took me seriously. But I refused to give in until I finally managed to find a way past the security crew.” Ever since, Tugay has cut Jason Derulos` hair several times!

Be ready anytime and say yes to the extraordinary

„For the MTV Music Awards in Bilbao, I drove 16 hours in my car. I cut the celebrities` hair, then drove back 16 hours. Often, stars call me up: Can you be in Berlin or whatever city tomorrow morning to cut my hair? And I will hop straight in my car and go! You need to be ready. Life is too short to be average.” Achieving extraordinary things requires extraordinary action. Makes sense doesn`t it? So don`t let chances go past. Let’s take every chance we can get and be ready!

Italian way of coffee

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When interviewing Gianluca Mancinelli about the Italian way of coffee he told me about the Italian morning routine – getting up and tucking the newspaper under the arm, strolling over to the bar to have a caffè and a cornetto,… – well it sounded right like a Ferrero commercial to me and I thought hmm I should learn Italian so that I can go live there for a while …☕️🥐

Eagles

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  • .•. Do you know that dream where you know you need to get around that corner or jump that fence into safety but you are just unable to move? I felt like that most of the week 🤦‍♀️✨

Lucky enough I had a couple of jobs going – one of them was taking images of some players of the American Football Team @reutlingeneagles. We met during their training session in the early evening.

Loaded with flashes and light stands, I passed parents who were watching the training of their kids’ football teams. It was dark but there were plenty of floodlights. The Eagles were right at the very back of the sports grounds and with their helmets and attire they looked like “not in Reutlingen”.

The atmosphere under these floodlights was surreal, like in an American movie. The bond and spirit of the team were so present. Franz who’s currently recovering from an elbow injury had walked over to the sports grounds. He can’t currently drive as his arm is in a splint, but he lives nearby so he can come and watch the training. It might be summer until he can play again – hopefully not longer than May though, he says.

Franz’ teammate Carl is joining us. He isn’t participating in the training today either, but watches and cheers from the sideline. It’s so cold that my flashes refuse to work after just a few minutes 🙄. We talk, take some pictures anyway, watch the other players in the floodlights. Now and then someone strolls over to chat. Next week I`ll be back for some more photos.

Ps. In case you wanna take a quick break from your everyday life (especially when having such a weird week like me) I can very much recommend u put warm mittens on and watch some American Football in floodlights.•.
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