Episode 29 – Real Talk (Part 2 of 2) – WHAT’S YOUR WHY?

Since my camera died making the last REAL TALK video, I recorded a second video to finish it off. This is Part 2 of “Real Talk” where I talk about making sure you know your “why.”

The “WHY” we do what we do every day is an extremely important question to answer. If we lose WHAT, we still have a WHY waiting for us somewhere. Some of us have kids, some have wives, some have goals to get to a certain place for a certain reason. Don’t work so hard for so long chasing all this money all the while forgetting WHY you’re working so hard to begin with.

I’ve noticed that lately all of my decisions and actions have been driven by goals and pattern.  I’ve gotten sucked in to chasing money and trying to hit milestones that I’ve lost the “why” that I originally established for my company and my life.  It’s easy to get trapped in that mindset when all you’re trying to do is keep everything above water but eventually you will drown.  As a journeyman electrician I was making far more money than I am as a young master electrician.  I know that I will get there, and it may take a few years because I’m building a company.  I just need to remember that the first year needs to be a training year for everyone.  We need to build a strong foundation before needing to think about profit margins and growth.  This is our year to fuck up and learn from our mistakes.

That being said I’ve realized that I’m needed at full capacity everyday while working.  I’ve been so worried about filming and documenting everything we’ve been doing that the workmanship of everyone in the company has been faltering and that needs to be saved.  If the documenting of my company is a higher priority than the actual work we do…I’ve got shit backwards.  I need to slow down on my creation of content and just focus on training my guys and doing good work everyday.  The rest will come in due time.

On another note, I want you all to think about something.  Really let this sink in.  You have to still enjoy life. Don’t allow yourself to get to be 80 years old and regret working so hard. There’s more to life than chasing money and working 70 hours a week.  We often think we’ve got to get to this “GOAL” right now!  But my dudes and dudettes……have patience.  The best things in life take many years to create.  Relationships, perspectives, wine, careers, skills…don’t get trapped thinking that you have to make things happen RIGHT NOW.

And along the way….don’t forget your why…

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Episode 16 – What Separates A Good Electrician From A Bad Electrician?

 

What separates the quality from the riff-raff? In this episode I give my OPINION about what it takes to be a good electrician from watching the guys who came before me.

Being good at anything requires constant study, dedication, commitment , and pushing yourself beyond your old boundaries. Being a good electrician is the same. With the exception of who you apprentice under, you can control how good or bad of an electrician you are. You know what I’m talking about, you see other guys around you doing shitty hack work or other guys doing outstanding neat work and wonder…”who should I be copying?”

As a rule of thumb I try to always remember the phrase “IMPRESS YOURSELF.” When nobody but you is looking, are you impressed with the work that you do? Do you cut a lot of corners and get that crap feeling in your stomach like “I hope nobody comes up here and sees this after I leave.” Or do you stand proud and think “this is some of my best work to date”

You are in control of how good (or bad) you become. I suggest reading everything you can get your hands on: books, magazines, textbooks, facebook groups, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, instagram followers, youtube channels, consume ALL of it. Keep your self inundated with what you’re passionate about and it will be less difficult to stay focused on it.

Also…love what you do, it makes being good at it way easier!

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Episode 13 – Hard Work, Burnout, & Self-Motivation

This episode is fire!  I get a little bat-shit-crazy and go bananas on everyone about self-motivation, not burning out, and how much hard work is entailed in this entrepreneur thing.

Let’s be honest here.  This shit is hard.  Being a young independent Master Electrician hustling to build an Electrical Contracting company from nothing is the single hardest thing I’ve don in my life.  Period.

I’ve always worked my ass off, most of the time working 6-7 days a week, full time, holding down 2 or 3 jobs and just barely scraping by.  This is WAAAY harder.

I work more, and harder, now than I’ve ever worked in my life.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love what I do, but just to set the record straight for any of you young guys thinking of diving off into this…get your perspective straight.  Its not sailing down easy street, working 2 days a week, sitting on an island somewhere smoking blunts and watching the money just roll in.  Its 5 hours of sleep, 19 hours of work.  Every day, no breaks, no vacations…just constant hustle.

Self-motivation is a huge factor in not burning out.  So is loving what you do.  It takes a lot longer to get burned out on something when its your singular joy in life.  If you’re not the type that can motivate yourself to change the issues in your life, you’ll have a very difficult time trying to get anywhere.  Don’t run around with one foot nailed to the floor.  Figure your shit out, whatever is holding you back (eh em…yourself), stop giving a shit about what other people think of you or what expectations they have for you, and DO YOU!

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