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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 28 – Real Talk (Part 1 of 2) – I’M TOO DAMN NICE

Shit gets real in the next 2 episodes.  This is part 1 of a 2 part topic where I’m re-evaluating what the hell we’re doing.  Things have been getting a little out of hand and disorganized lately which is creating a domino effect for everything else to fall through the cracks.  I talk about why my content has been slow the past few weeks and what I’m doing to fix everything.

Some of y’all have commented and written in asking why I’ve been slow on releasing my content lately and what’s going on.  I’ve been running ragged for quite awhile and its starting to get out of hand.  Recording all of these episodes and editing everything is a lot of fun for me.  I’m creative so I love creating things.  However, it’s getting to the point where documenting this content is starting to take my focus away from doing the actual work and ensuring my guys are doing the best work possible everyday.  I’m needed more out in the field than anywhere else right now.

I’ve also realized that I need to start slowing our work load down and stop worrying so much about how much we’re profiting.  We need this first year to be a year of learning, not a year of making money.  It will take me a year or two to get a grasp on how to run a company with fulltime employees, as well as get the types of customers we want doing the kind of work we want.  I would much rather do the electrical work I like, for people I love, and do the best damn work we can do…than chase money, hate my job, and be so busy we deliver shit work.  SO…I’m changing a lot of things to make sure all of that happens.

Let me know what y’all think, and be good out there!

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This Week In Review – 7/29/17

Last week we spent a few days doing a custom lighting job for Hat Creek Burgers in Lakeway, TX.  When we arrived they had already concreted in and installed poles around a playground.  They wanted us to get power to each of the poles and fabricate attaching goose-neck sconces to the poles to light up the playground.

We got there at 5:30am so we could try to get the drive-through done before customers came around.  We also wanted to plug the lights in to an extension cord and lift them up so we could see what kind of light they shed over the area.  We picked 15ft for our height and began drilling holes in the tops and bottoms of the poles to fish wire through.  We welded collars on the poles to mount the fixtures to then welded 4″ x 4″ junction boxes to the bottoms of the poles. After everything was welded up we began installing flexible conduit on the fence and between each fixture.  Once all of the poles were wired together we terminated everything and hooked them into an existing light fixture.

To do all of this work required that we blocked off the playground for a day.  Unfortunately the kiddos were not able to continue playing on the playground with all the tools and materials we had laying out.  We ended up taping off the area so nobody could get in.  All said and done however, the poles look amazing.  Now they just need to be painted so the silver poles match the black fixtures.

Episode 27 – THANK YOU!!! 500 SUBSCRIBERS!!!

Man I’m fired up!  Thank you guys SO much for subscribing to my channel.  I hit 500 subscribers in only about 3 months!  I’m so glad that y’all take the time out of your day to watch/listen to me rant about electrical shit.  I appreciate and respect your attention.  I will continue to make videos and bring value to you, please share these videos if you think somebody else would benefit from watching them!

Love y’all!

Dustin

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Episode 26 – How To Become An Electrician

 

I’ve had a ton of people ask me to make this video so here it is. If you’re interested in becoming an electrician, here’s how you go about it.

If you have any other questions like what type of electrical tools do I need, or how do I get my apprentice electrician license please feel free to DM me on Twitter @dustinstelzer and I’ll get you more specifics.

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Episode 25 – Electrician’s Need Websites

Let’s face it, all attention is on the web these days.  There’s not a lot of people (other than your grandmother) who still uses a phone book, or reads reader’s digest.  Everything is online.  All peoples’ eyeballs and ears are online in some sort of fashion.  If you’re a business and you don’t have an online presence, you’re invisible.

If you have been doing business for 25 years and have been able to turn yourself to strictly word-of-mouth, then this does not apply to you.  But for those of us coming up, word of mouth will come over time.  Until then we have to climb to the top for attention.

Your website should be your core.  You need to have a home base so that people can find you when they’re searching for you.  More often than not they will not end up finding your website unless they see you on another website and they click the link to go to your page.  If you have a presence on Yelp, Google, Yellow Pages, Facebook, Twitter, Angie’s List, Home Advisor, Thumbtack, Houzz, Bing, Instagram, etc…then it is a lot easier for people to trip over you while browsing.  Once they do, often times the first action they’ll take is click to go to your website.  A lot won’t, instead they’ll just click your phone number and call you.

This brings up mobile optimization.  Make sure that your website is optimized for smart phones.  Most Squarespace and WordPress templates are already set up for this so you’re already good to go once you get the site created.  People spend more time and do more on their handheld devices than they do on their desktop computers these days.  My volume is about 75% mobile and 25% desktop currently.

If you’re an electrician people are going to be searching your location + the word “electrician” so make sure you get your site listed in the google maps rankings.  Get good reviews too, this helps rankings.

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Episode 24 – Solo Saturday – (The Woes Of Being A Master Electrician)

 

Today I get to work alone. None of my guys wanted to work this weekend so I have to fill in and take care of some loose ends. They’ve been busting their little electrician asses for me all week so they deserve to have 2 solid days off.

In this video I go over a few jobs that I had to do today and finally documented an talked about the jobs as I was doing them. Some of you have been asking for more shots out in the field so I’m trying to up my production game on these videos!

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Episode 23 – Should You Take Payment Up-Front As An Electrician?

The big question asked by so many…Should I take money up front before beginning a job? There are a lot of opinions out there on this question, and most people tend to answer yes. Here is my method/methods that I’ve used. I’m still not 100% sold on which I like best but I talk about many different methods I’ve used to take “down-payments” or “draws” up front before beginning a job.

Think about this for a second. Say you start a job and don’t collect any money up front. You go to the supply house and spend $1000 in materials, you rent a $1000 trencher, and you pay 3 guys to go to a job for a combined $60/hour. You get onsite and the customer changes his mind, and doesn’t want to do this job all the sudden. You’re paying around $200 in wasted wages plus you have to find something else for them to do for the day, plus the $2,000 you’re out for the materials and rock-saw. You have none of their money up front to take that out of…you just ate a shit salad. Hope that diesel tastes good!

Say you charged $4,000 for the job and took 50% up front – you could have kept back the trencher money and paid for the materials and you’d be pretty close to break-even. Maybe just out some labor cost, but that’s better than eating it all.

Please let me know what y’all do and if you have any suggestions. My ears are always open. Thanks for watching, please check out the Facebook Page – http://www.facebook.com/Journey2Master and give me a Like if you like these videos!

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LiveWire Electrical – This Week In Review – 7/15/17

This one is getting out there a little late guys and gals, sorry. By the time you see this, it will technically be “LAST WEEK.” We’ve been stupid busy the past two weeks so I haven’t gotten as much filming done as I have putting out “fires” (not literal fires) and working.

This week we had an emergency call to a local restaurant that had a 225a 3-phase main tripping. We were out there at 4am and found the breaker had an extremely hot B-phase on the load side of the main. Everything amp’d out normal, but there was something on the inside of that breaker that was causing it to nuisance trip via that B-phase. We were able to get another main and install it that morning and fix the problem.

We also got to put in an entire track light system in the showroom of Austin Designer Kitchens to showcase their kitchens. There were 10 track lights added to their grid ceiling, as well as 7 receptacles they needed dropped throughout the store. Track lighting is a pain to deal with sometimes but it really changed the look of the showroom dramatically.

Last job we had was changing out whips from 4 RTU disconnects on 2 rooftops in a business park. Somebody had run 10/2 from the disconnects to the 50amp units and it was causing nuisance tripping in the winter when the heat kicked on.

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