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We Are All in the Construction Business!

I am having a brand new office with a conference room, a classroom and a simulation training lab being built and I am very excited about it! It is going to be great. The other day I was walking around the facility and admiring how it was coming together. Right now, the frame is up and they are putting the electrical work in for the outlets and the video projector and screens etc, and today they are putting up the walls. Once again I discovered some valuable learning points.

  1. There is a specific order to putting things together the RIGHT WAY. Have you ever tried to put something together on your own thinking you don’t need to follow the instructions only to find that once completed, it just does not look right or worse, does not work right? Then you discover what you missed and BOOM, you have to start over again! I must confess I have. Once I put a fertilizer spreader together only to discover at the end that I had put a critical device on backwards. Yep, you got it…I had to take the entire thing apart and with that, I sought out the instructions and followed them to the letter!
  2. There are tools available to help the process along. There are specific tools that are designed to help make the construction process seamless, such as a specific screwdriver for a specific kind of screw, a wrench that fits a certain size of bolt, on and on. Sometimes there is only one tool that fits a specific component and without it, you will just be wasting your time if you attempt any other approach or try to shortcut the process.
  3. There is always help: Almost everything comes with a set of instructions or a helpline or a website or even someone who has experience and is willing to provide assistance in helping you construct whatever it is you are building. I have found these many times to be great resources and if you are like me and not very “mechanically minded”, you will take all the help you can get.
  4. You cannot enjoy the full benefits of what you are building until you complete the work. Years ago when my wife and I bought our first home, one of the things we wanted to have was a nice, green front yard. In order to have this, I decided I would have someone bring me pallets of grass and I would sod my yard. I could not wait to see that beautiful green stuff growing in my yard…but wait! Before I could even start laying the sod (which was pretty laborious in itself), I had to prepare the dirt…That was brutal. It was hot and at first I did not have the right tools (see number 2 above) to do what I needed to do. Needless to say, it took more weekends than I expected too complete. Regardless, even with tired muscles and a very sore back, I did not stop the project because I envisioned in my mind what the end result would be and I made it a reality.

The point to number 4 is simple, first you have to see the end before you start and then you must be disciplined and diligent to pursue it to the end…it won’t happen on its own and it rarely happens overnight…it takes work, but OH!!!, once complete it sure feels great to run your bare feet through a nicely manicured, thick, green lawn on a summer night. You get the picture!

So ladies and gentlemen here is the BIG picture to this post. We are all in the construction business! Each of us are building something. Some are building a career, some are working on their entrepreneurial dream and some are building their resume. Regardless of where you are and what you are constructing, it is critical you understand the order of doing things the RIGHT way! I cannot tell you the value of just doing things the right way the first time!

There are specific tools that are available to all of us no matter what we do. The question is do we have them and do we know how to use them to the best of our ability? As discussed above, sometimes just as there are tools that only fit a specific component, there are very specific things we must focus on individually. It is NOT one size fits all. Sometimes it is unique to you. The key here is you know this and discover it immediately.

No matter what we are building in our lives, there is always help. People and processes waiting to assist. I have a couple of mentors that I consult with regularly year after year and their insight is priceless to me. Because of the value they have provided me, I now in turn am mentoring others. You will find most successful people who have had help and instructions along the way are more than willing to pass it on. You don’t have to go it alone…get some help and instructions!

Finally, as stated in point number 4, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing the results of your efforts come to pass. There is no greater feeling than a sense of accomplishment and self-worth of a job well done. BUT, in my personal experience, great rewards do not come easy, it takes everything discussed in this post and more.

So, now that you know, grab your hard hat, your blueprint and all the right tools; do things right the first time; get some help, see the end result now, and keep on constructing…that nice green lawn is calling!

Where Do You Rank on the Food Chain?

Okay, those of you who have followed me for a while know I am always looking for ways to learn and share from experiences and once again, I have…so here is another thought for your consideration regarding how you approach your livelihood and your life.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take a week’s vacation with my family to Colorado. You know the drill, relax, get recharged, take it easy right? Wrong! I know you are probably the same way, you do more on vacation and come back more tired than you left!! Same for us.

One of my favorite parts of our trip was a father and son golf day. It was great! Me and my son on a beautiful mountain course. Ahhh, okay, on with the point.

As we were playing one of the holes, the golf supervisor (the person who makes sure all is going smoothly) drove up behind us and asked a rather peculiar question. “Do you guys have food in your cart?” I knew I did not but my son Jordan indicated he had opened up a package of peanut butter crackers. “That explains why those birds are following you,” he stated. As we looked behind us there were about three black birds (looked like crows) following us, why…they were hoping we drop something so they could just gather up a free meal. This got me to thinking.

Some folks view their day, their livelihood or business the same way. Take whatever happens, live by chance, hope they are in the right place at the right time, hoping something falls in their lap. What about me? How do I approach my day? What about you?

I discovered three different levels with three very different outcomes of the food chain on my trip that I believe have great application to us and our livelihood. Let look at all three.

The Gatherers: This describes the black birds that followed us. They were waiting for something to occur outside of their control, to fall in their lap, so all they had to do was gather it up. Granted they had to be there, but before they could reap their reward, something had to happen first; it had to fall from the tree or drop from the vine before they could retrieve it. Occasionally gatherers will pick the low hanging fruit…that’s another lesson in itself. I consider these to be the middle of the food chain.

The Scavengers: These are the “bottom feeders”. These feast on something that is already dead! I found examples of scavengers driving down small mountainous roads. Buzzards swarm the air waiting on roadkill. They only eat what is leftover, and many times what no other creature will eat! They do the very least and have absolutely the lowest amount of control of their diet…think about that.

The Hunters: This is the TOP of the food chain. I saw a hawk on the move going after prey. Hunters eat when they want and what they want! They wait for nothing. They are always on the lookout for what’s next. When they are hungry, they don’t wait for something out of their control to occur, they make it happen. Sometimes it takes no time at all to gain the reward but other times, it may take much longer than expected, but their attitude and approach never changes. They understand if they want to eat…they have to hunt!

So where are you on the business food chain? Are you waiting for something to fall in your lap so you can simply gather it up? Do you only focus on the low hanging fruit? Are you waiting for all the leftovers or only going for the least amount of effort and live on a limited diet? Or, are you taking charge and sharpening your skills and hunt every day?

Remember, regardless of what you do or where you are, there are members of every level of the food chain in your marketplace.  The question becomes, where do you rank?

Nothing more needs to be said…Happy hunting!!!

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