Do you ever think about what we do for others? We build homes and maintain them. We fix problems, and if our job is done well, no one ever notices. That's how it should be.
We give others a place to eat, sleep, relax, learn, entertain themselves, conduct business, and fall in love. The work we do keeps everyone warm and cozy in the winter, and comfortable the rest of the year.
If the furnace breaks down, the air conditioning quits, the toilet backs up, the hot water tank dies, or the lights won't come on, do they call their attorney? Notify the government? No, they call a contractor and ask for help as soon as possible. Since we care, we do our best to help them as quickly as possible. I remember spending one Christmas Eve on the roof of a restaurant repairing a heating system. I'm sure some of you have similar stories.
I think each of us in the construction industry should be proud of our contribution to mankind. We spend long years learning our trade, and we do it well.
Without us, families wouldn't have a place to get together for the holidays. I don't know how the weather is where you live, but when it's cold, wet, and rainy here, the idea of sharing a turkey with my family in a cedar plank hut over a smoky fire is not my idea of a great time. I'm addicted to the creature comforts that my home provides, and so are most of us. Without contractors, it wouldn't be as comfortable.
We aren't always appreciated. There's always a blockhead looking to find fault with our work or with us. But have you noticed that when an client tells you what a great job you've done, you forget about the blockhead? I'm willing to learn from my mistakes, but I also appreciate a good word from a happy client, and that's where I try to keep my focus.
That's it. It's Thanksgiving, and I want all of you to know that I recognize the work you're doing, and that you're appreciated.
If you have some spare time on your hands these next few weeks, plan to do some reading. If you feel guilty sitting with a book to read, consider it a work assignment. Of course we recommend our books (Markup & Profit Revisited and Profitable Sales), but we also have a recommended reading list available here.
Our strongest recommendation is the book at the top of that list, Thou Shalt Prosper by Rabbi Daniel Lapin. It's a business-changing book, one of the best I've read in a long time.