“Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius
“The word retirement isn’t in my vocabulary.” my dad
“Work smarter-not harder.” me- I say it all the time
“There is only so many dollars per hour you can earn with your back, there is no limit to how much you can earn with your mind.” Lowell Lundstrom
“You need to create one of these- maybe more than one.” Sid Blackman in conversation with me regarding forming a corporation.
Two weeks ago, Grace and husband were here planting 32 young apple whips.
Hero (as Grace refers to him) commented on how much he enjoyed moving dirt, because his current job as a supervisor is mostly mental, his body craves physical activity.
I described to him the business model I run my construction business with. – He loved it.
I told him, “I see myself like a Sergent in the army, with his men in the trenches. I chose to keep my construction business small, doing one job at a time. I am on the job doing the work with my crew.
Practically speaking, it means I will never become a large company but….
It keeps me physically active and in shape.
It has enabled us to raise 4 children, keep food on the table, and a roof over our head.
I cast a big shadow on the job site in terms of the atmosphere. I enjoy construction , and refuse to put up with a negative, sassy gloom and doom employee. When I do have to hire someone, the qualities I look for are attitude related- , do you play well with others, do you have a little hustle and are you teachable? I could care less if you’ve ever picked up a hammer in your life. In fact, I prefer to hire someone with no previous construction experience. It wears me out having to debate with someone “a better way” to do something.
Little known trade secret- there are usually 3 or 4 different ways to do most things.
In the late 1990′s I made an intentional decision to cut back on job stress . it isn’t until you are in up to your eyeballs in your chosen profession you discover certain jobs carry bigger stress “price tags”
If you are successful , the temptation is to grow larger. My dad once told me that more men on the payroll does not automatically translate into more net profit @ the end of the year. You come a point in construction, where it becomes a full time job keeping all the balls in the air, and you as the owner no longer have time to physically do the work yourself.
I’ll never forget what Vito told me several years ago- he worked for Chase Manhattan Bank in NYC in management He and I were talking about work, college, personal satisfaction, etc -
“Doug you do know what a PHD behind your name means right?…
“Piled Higher and Deeper.”
What do you like your daily responsibilities?
Do you see yourself doing this 5 years from now?
What is your “dream vocation”?
What is the hardest thing about your days?
Footnote: Two of my daughters have told me they would like nothing more than to be a wife and mommy- so I’m not just thinking about punching a time clock w/ this one.