Go Big – Goal Setting for 2015

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It's the start of a new year, folks, in case you hadn't heard. This is the time when people make New Year's Resolutions, of course. And it's also the time when a bunch of other people criticize New Year's Resolutions -- or make fun of them. Which camp are you in? Well, we're not going to wade into that battle, but . . . Goals are different than resolutions. Hitting a certain revenue number (a goal) can be powerful and effective. Trying to eat fewer cookies after work (a … [Read more...]

2015 – Start Here

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It's a New Year. It's brand new. You can look at the coming year as a completely blank piece of paper. Nothing is written on it. Though the paper contains nothing but possibilities -- and though there are no words there now -- one thing is certain... You can be sure that in 365 days, that paper will be filled, just as 2014 is now written and past. And another thing: the paper is only so big. You don't get unlimited space to fill. This is your time. This is the year ahead. So … [Read more...]

The difference between a successful person and others is…

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Another great comment by Vince Lombardi.  Sure, there are many reasons why a person -- or a business -- does not achieve success. But those who are truly committed -- and who act accordingly -- have a much better shot. If you're not reaching your goals and you're completely committed to them, what can you change? What can you do better? Don't lose your will -- lose instead the habits and distractions that are keeping you from success. Thank you to Lee Cannon for the great photo of … [Read more...]

The Purpose of Hard Work

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Two quotations about hard work: "The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price." - Vince Lombardi "If you look at our parent's generation, they are not really interested in the results, but how hard you work. It's that old school work ethic. I hear this from people, that their significance comes from how hard they work, how stressed out they are. 'I have … [Read more...]

Three Super Bowl Take-Aways For Roofing Contractors

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If you're a football fan, you know what I mean when I say: you look for lessons about life in the game. (If you're not a football fan or if you don't like the Seahawks and you just want to skip to the business ideas, click here.) Football is a lot like business. In football, your goal is to win. You make a game plan. And then it's a struggle against the opposition. In the end, you either win or you lose -- you reach your goal or you don't. No matter what you thought about the Super Bowl … [Read more...]

Civilians, Knuckleheads, and Serious Roofing Contractors

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Yep. Those three categories. Those are the three types of people we see in the world. Civilians are just regular people, outside the roofing industry. Most civilians wouldn't know a step flashing from a roll of felt -- and that's okay. Roofing contractors are here to help civilians -- they're our customers, after all. Then there are knuckleheads -- people who intentionally or unintentionally screw up the business. Knuckleheads get in the way of you doing your work smoothly and … [Read more...]