I recently re-started yoga. It has been awhile; a career, a child, and seven years of marriage awhile. I was invited to go by a guest and I am so glad I did. It's called Big Asana. Clever; it has a big focus on stretching and movement (Asana) as well as the fact that it is a class designed for bigger people. I love the instructor because she reminds us in every class that if we practice yoga, we are yogis. There is no one right way of doing it. We are doing it, so it is right. Everyone starts somewhere. We help each other, modify it to fit our bodies. and talk through positions that might be painful and try to amend it.
Destroy the Hairdresser wants to tell you the same thing about your career. You are doing it right. Move as fast or as slow as you feel comfortable. Everyone is a beginner at some point. There is no one way of working in our industry. There is education, editorial, specialties, working behind the chair, management, skin care, and nail care. If it gets too hard, ask for help. Find a mentor. Don't stop. Modify. Re-teach yourself techniques you already knew. Persevere. Have conversations with yourself to stay in touch and don't push to the breaking point. We don't start day one making six figures. We grow. Some stay in comfortable, safe salons. Some wander. Some create empires. Take it one day at a time, one guest at a time. Have patience. Be passionate. Motivate yourself however you need. You are not the hairdresser next to you. You are you.
You are doing it right.