I remember Zig Ziglar saying that an airplane breaks down faster when it stays grounded opposed to being in constant service. I was reminded of this fact again, while following recent stories surrounding the problems with the Boeing 737 and how even when the issues are fixed, all the planes will have a whole new set of problems from being on the ground for too long. I mentioned … [Read more...] about 2 Roads Diverged….Behind The Gym
When I chose to leave professional baseball behind 18 years ago and start my 2nd life as a carpenter and contractor, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into, let alone any real idea of HOW to run my business. My only background in construction watching This old house and a handful of sod and sprinkler installation jobs I had as a teenager in, Glendale … [Read more...] about Kinda Like The Pete Rose of Contracting…
James Lawrence aka The Iron Cowboy I watched “Iron Cowboy” the other day. For those of you not in the know, this is a documentary about James Lawrence and his attempt at a 50/50/50 which was to complete the equivalent of 50 Ironman triathlons, in 50 states in 50 days. 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, topped off with a 26.2 mile marathon, every single day, for 50 straight … [Read more...] about Is Your Business Made of Iron or Glass?
Everything I know about business, I learned from Mike Mulligan Mike ran a small excavating business, many years ago in a big city (I don’t exactly remember which one) and then ended his career in the town of Popperville. He interacted with countless customers and worked alongside other contractors, where he was on sites that varied from residential houses, to large … [Read more...] about Everything I Know About Business, I Learned From Mike Mulligan
If you are anything like me, you probably started your own contracting business because you didn’t want to work for someone else. You wanted the autonomy to control your days and make all the decisions. In other words, you wanted freedom. The irony however, is that self employment and freedom are sometimes worlds apart. Although you are free in how you choose to handle the … [Read more...] about Run Your Contracting Business on Process, Not Feelings.