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Paul DiGrigoli  

Stylist, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Educator and Author

Today Paul J. DiGrigoli is recognized nationally as:

Stylist – an accomplished hairdresser for over 3 decades who was a Regional Director for Rusk and MA State Stylist Director. Entrepreneur – founder and CEO of DiGrigoli Salon and DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology; winner of NACCE “Entrepreneur of the Year” award (2003) and ACCGS Super 60 award for Small Business Revenue Growth. Mentor – renowned motivational speaker and educator; conducts classes and seminars on personal and professional development. Author – his articles have been published in a number of industry magazines; author of Booked Solid: The Ultimate Guide to Getting and Keeping Clients Paul’s success, however, was neither automatic nor guaranteed.

Growing up in a small town in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, he had no mentor, coach, leader or role model. Although born into a family of hairdressers and barbers, Paul’s family – with the exception of his uncle – discouraged him about becoming a hairdresser.

Though Paul was a poor student in high school and dropped out of college, he had always known that whatever work he did, it had to be around people. Paul knew he was a people person.

So, encouraged by his uncle, Paul set off to become a hairdresser in the “big” city of Boston. However, he only got as far as Springfield, Massachusetts where he enrolled in cosmetology school at the Springfield Technical Community College (STCC).

Having very little money, Paul lived in a tiny little room in the YMCA where he sold haircuts in the lobby for three dollars. He persevered, however, and worked his way through STCC.

Along the way, after attending a hair cutting course at Vidal Sassoon in Santa Monica, California, he had an epiphany. From an article in a magazine he picked up in the airport, Paul was struck by the importance of goal setting and planning. On the plane ride home, he took out an old envelope and wrote his 25-year plan on the back of it.

He followed his plan and the rest, as they say, is history – much of which is detailed in an early chapter of Paul’s book, Booked Solid!

Over the years Paul has had his share of disappointments and crises, including losing almost half of his business. However, as he makes clear in his Seminars, and book, adversity can make you stronger mentally, physically, emotionally and financially – if you use it to refocus on your goals and plans.

Paul believes you can literally turn a negative into a positive. He knows, because it worked for him. He acknowledges that it seems he had to hit rock bottom in order to grow like crazy and get to where he is today.

Paul is grateful for his success and what he has learned about personal development. He feels that part of his mission in life is to share with others what he has learned. Therefore, he takes great satisfaction from his Seminars which he considers an opportunity to mentor those in hair care and other industries.

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Booked Solid

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