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The Three Most Important Rules of a Career in Construction and the Trades…. Maybe Four.

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Show up. If you simply show up on time, you beat 50% of everyone in your field.

Work hard. If you’re willing to work hard, not “the hardest of anyone who has wielded a hammer, just plain old hard, you’ll beat another 40%.

From there it’s just a fight at the top, You’ll always be needed.

Finally, remember this little nugget. Everyone who works hourly thinks management and ownership is easy and the brass is making money hand over fist on the lowly hourly guy’s back. This is because you’re ignorant.

Management is twice as tough as hourly, and ownership is another twice over that. I should know, I’ve done it all. And I stepped back a notch. On purpose.

Don’t believe me?

Strike out on your own and find out for yourself. There’s a general contractor out there willing to finance you… right up till bankruptcy. Then you’ll be on your own. Good luck, and remember how easy it was to make all that money when you’re heading into court. 90% fail. Most spectacularly.

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5 Comments

  1. joliesattic says:

    Amen to that! You own a business and you’re on the clock 24/7, like it or not.

  2. unironedman says:

    As a self-employed individual, I approve this message.

  3. Great post!! For me it’s a case of work hard, do my best but be aware of my limitations and therefore don’t get ideas above my station.

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