The Surging Forward Podcast With Dave Ballentine

I was fortunate enough to be invited onto the Surging Forward podcast with Dave Ballentine last week.  Dave is such a positive guy and he’s always trying to keep people optimistic and surging forward!  We talked about optimism, transparency, and treating people well.  If you like this video check out more of Dave’s stuff.  Make sure you subscribe to his YouTube Channel also!

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Episode 12 – Creating a Facebook Video Ad

Facebook is so popular today that most of the world’s attention is spent in the platform all day, every day.  Its simply where the attention is at right now.  Nobody watches TV ads, radio spots, or watches for billboards anymore.  Attention is on that touch-screen device in your pocket…and mostly on Facebook.  So developing ads around that platform, while it’s incredibly cheap to do so, is a very good idea.
In this episode I show you the software I use to edit video, create images/logos, and even put the finalized full-length commercial (ad) in the video for you to see my final product.  Afterwards, I go into Facebook on my desktop and record myself setting up the ad and targeting a specific audience.  Please let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions of what I should do differently.
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Episode 11 – Josh Talks About Cells

In this episode I introduce my son Josh, and he talks about viewing the cells of a butterfly wing through a microscope in school. He also gets into how viruses work, and why they do what they do.

Josh is 12 years old and is finishing up 6th grade. He’s always been a very science-minded intellectual kid and takes interest in doing thought experiments on things like “what is reality, consciousness, is there a god, is the universe chaos or design, the existence of souls or not,” etc. It gets pretty deep down the rabbit hole pretty quickly with this kid lol.

We’ve always believed in allowing him free-speech to express himself. We treat him like an adult that just has less years of experience with the controller we’re all riding around in.

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Episode 10 – Be An Electrician!

In this episode I talk about why becoming an electrician is one of the best moves most a person can make toward getting their shit together.

Are you in need of a job change and have no clue what the hell you want to do? BE AN ELECTRICIAN! Seriously, hear me out.

Being an electrician may not seem as glorifying as your average manicured desk job. Your fingernails will not stay clean, no amount of hair gel can keep your mop in place, and you will be risking your life on a daily basis…….BUT, I swear it’s the one job that finally changed my life.

Without needing a degree, or having any relevant experience I was hired as an electrical Apprentice. I started out working in a residential construction environment, wiring multi-million dollar homes. It was cool seeing how the “other side” lives, and after a little while I got good at doing it. A year in I was working on commercial jobs, and seeing how businesses and large buildings were constructed. This was a lot dirtier, exhausting work but I was intrigued at how much more advanced it seemed than just wiring a house.

After a year of doing this I really started to understand that electricity is not this “bolt” thing. It’s a very hypothetical science that we try to understand and harness, but there’s still no law of electrons because we’ve never seen one. Seeing the science and math behind behind this super powerful force made me instantly fall in love with it. The fact that it’s hard to understand and takes years of study before you grasp the full picture makes it a perfect career choice for anyone out there looking for a change.

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Company: http://www.livewire-electrical.com

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Episode 8 – MID MAY UPDATE (Rentals, Facebook Ads, Organization, and Hiring)

In this episode I show off the new fancy ride I’m stuck with for the next two weeks as well as talk about some of the things that have been going on since the last episode.

Well it just so happens that a few months back I got into a wreck in downtown Austin.  It was not my fault!  I’m an only child so nothing is ever my fault!  Ok, ok…it was 100% my fault.  I was following too closely and I know better than that.  I have a commercial driver’s license too, so any accident goes on my record and it’s not a good thing.  Regardless, I now have a Nissan Titan that winks at you!

I have commercial insurance so it wasn’t a big deal, but we’ve been so slammed for the past couple months that I haven’t had a single day off to take care of it.  Finally I took a day off and went to a local shop to get it taken care of.  They gave me a schnazzy new 2017 Ford Expedition to tear up in the mean time!  I got a call today that said it will take 2 weeks to fix everything lol.  So this poor expedition is going to be ripped to shit when I give it back to them.  Good thing I paid the extra “shit happens” insurance to Enterprise.

Other than that I talk about Facebook advertising, Home Advisor, Houzz, organization and structure to running the office side of things, and the decision I made to hire another guy.  Let me know what you think.

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Company: http://www.livewire-electrical.com

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Episode 7 – Angie’s List/HomeAdvisor Merger And What It Could Mean For Contractors

In this episode I talk about how a new electrical contractor should go about getting the best pricing on their materials by sitting down with their local supply houses.

As an electrical contractor you should be getting lower prices than the average person off the street, and the only way to do that is to talk to the manager at your electrical supply house of choice and ask them what you can do to get specialized pricing and/or rebates from the manufacturers of the equipment they sell.

A lot of times you can just start a cash account and pay for materials as you need them and the supply house will give you better pricing, but sometimes you have to open a credit account to get their rebates. The manufacturer offers lower pricing to the supply house based off of your purchasing volume, so sticking with one or two main supply houses will benefit you in the long run.

I also talk about maintaining an excellent relationship with your supply house. Having a great relationship with your supply houses makes them more likely to go to bat for you when you need something. It also makes them want to work harder for you to keep you coming back and buying more.

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Company: http://www.livewire-electrical.com

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Episode 6 – Build It In Your Mind (The Importance Of Beating A Job On Paper Before You Put Your Tools On)

In this episode I talk about the importance of always keeping extra materials on you and building a job in your mind so you’re not wasting time driving back and forth to Home Depot or a nearby supply house.

Having to leave a job and spend an hour driving around hunting down materials means you didn’t plan well, and it can cost you big time when it comes to finishing jobs under hours as well as ensuring you can get on to the next job without running late.

Some of the best electricians I’ve ever seen have been guys that take time before a job to investigate every move and identify every problem they may run into before they even line their guys out on a task for the day. I’ve been told by the best “if you can beat a job with a pencil, you can beat every company in town.”

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Company: http://www.livewire-electrical.com

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Episode 5 – How To Get Better Pricing From Electrical Supply Houses

In this episode I talk about how a new electrical contractor should go about getting the best pricing on their materials by sitting down with their local supply houses.

As an electrical contractor you should be getting lower prices than the average person off the street, and the only way to do that is to talk to the manager at your electrical supply house of choice and ask them what you can do to get specialized pricing and/or rebates from the manufacturers of the equipment they sell.

A lot of times you can just start a cash account and pay for materials as you need them and the supply house will give you better pricing, but sometimes you have to open a credit account to get their rebates. The manufacturer offers lower pricing to the supply house based off of your purchasing volume, so sticking with one or two main supply houses will benefit you in the long run.

I also talk about maintaining an excellent relationship with your supply house. Having a great relationship with your supply houses makes them more likely to go to bat for you when you need something. It also makes them want to work harder for you to keep you coming back and buying more.

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Episode 4 – Why I Chose To Be An Electrician

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Being an electrician was not my first pick of things to do with my life.  After flying planes, working construction, being a chef, working in restaurants, being in the Marines, working in factories, and being a corporate salesman I was given the opportunity to try my hand as an electrician.

At first I didn’t like it.  I didn’t want my friends to know I was working with my hands.  I figured they would look down on me for being in construction.  This is back when I gave a shit about what they thought.  After a few years however I started making real money, and working around some guys that changed my perception of reality.  I grew up, learned a skill, and found stability in my life because I found a purpose.  I was able to raise my son as a single father and found something that would lay the foundation for a great life, as well as maintain my drive and passion to learn.

I’ve always had to hustle.  Being a single dad at the age of 18 is never easy, and between the government taking a quarter of your income and child support taking another quarter, you’re not left with much regardless what your wage is.  And as an early 20-something, I wasn’t spending the remaining 50% of my money well.  In the midst of being broke and nearly homeless, having a suspended license, and needing to get my kid to school and get to work, I had multiple run-ins with the law with no money to get myself out of the hole.  Since I’ve been of working age I’ve always had to hold down at least 2 jobs, sometimes 3.  Its the only way I could put food on the table since graduating high school.  I made my own bed (of course), and I realized that taking this craft seriously was the only way I could pull myself out of it.

Now I’m 32 and after years of working around wise men, and learning to be really good at something that changes constantly forced me to focus my attention and set goals for myself.  I was able to see a light at the end of the tunnel and found a way to climb out of the struggle.  Now I have a commercial driver’s license, own a home, am married, and have financial freedom that I’d never known existed.

Doing this everyday has given me a way of living and a way of thinking that has changed everything in my life.  Now I own a company and have the freedom to make my own way in this crazy life.

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