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EP48: How Nathan Rust Utilized Mentorship, Experience, and Books to Propel Prestigious Painting from Start-Up


Steve Burnett features Nathan Rust from Baton Rouge, Louisiana in this week’s episode of the DYB Podcast.

He is a partner at Prestigious Painting and runs the day-to-day affairs of the business–but it was a long and bumpy road to reach this height.

Nathan shares his diverse background, from learning the ropes of DIY from his father, to reaching middle management in real estate development, and finally establishing himself with the Residential Division of Prestigious Painting.

The wealth of knowledge he accumulated over the years through mentorship, experience, and books had proven vital to propel Prestigious Painting as a prosperous business with an even brighter future.


  • The importance of having a conversion funnel based website.
  • Which books and tools helped Nathan and his partners advance their painting business.
  • The impact of Steve Burnett’s on-site intensive with Nathan, Thadius, and Benjamin while reviewing and implementing the entire DYB System.



“We realized quickly that, while we could have answers to questions, that the solutions required execution.”

“I think the biggest thing, impact-wise, for me and the business and our sales processes has been our website.”

“But if you choose to be someone that’s looking to serve others first, then it’s going to come back to you in ways that are going to make you prosperous.”

“You can only be as big as the amount of capital that you can float.”

“Take the advice of those around you and make smart decisions but don’t be afraid to let go of the things that you’re comfortable with.”


05:27 Nathan pursues different interests until stumbling upon Prestigious Painting with Thadius Hawkins and Benjamin Blanchard

21:56 Nathan seeks out Steve Burnett for guidance

26:55 The tools that streamlined Prestigious Painting

30:45 Talking about books and influences

38:31 Managing a business with Thadius and Benjamin


Join DYB

Basecamp – Project management tool that helps to manage projects and collaborate with clients

Quickbooks Online – Accounting software for small businesses to aid in growth 

PipelineDeals – Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software

Estimate Rocket – Online estimating and invoicing software

ClickFunnels – Tool to build different types of marketing funnels Online scheduling tool for customer bookings

Google Suite – Gmail, Drive, etc

Todoist – Task management app‎

Adobe Sign – Legally, securely, and digitally sign documents with E-signatures
Influence – Robert Cialdini

The Go-Giver – Bob Burg

80/20 Sales Marketing – Perry Marshall

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win – Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike – Phil Knight

Sell Or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life – Grant Cardone



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About the Author

As a newly single father of two from MI, he struggled to start over as a paint contractor in FL, going door to door. His situation was so bad, even the IRS had mercy on him.

 Feeling completely hopeless, he remembered the story of King Solomon praying for wisdom. Could it be so easy? 

He felt he had absolutely nothing to lose. So, as a bankrupt, divorced, high school dropout, single father of 2 young kids, now living 1250 miles away from all friends and family, started to pray for wisdom.
 And while he continues to wait for the wisdom to arrive, what did come was an insatiable desire to learn and read books… 
Thanks to God for giving him the burning passion to read books, and attend seminars, (oh and winning the wife lottery) he not only cracks the success code and overcomes the struggle, but also streamlines his painting business in less than 3 years, published a how to book, then sold the company. Now he leads a business coaching company for painting contractors so he can help other businesses, like yours, to do the same. Hear more... Or