marketing, painting business


In this episode of DYB, Steve Burnett chats with Brendan Ryan, Owner, and Operator of Ryan Painting in Philadelphia.

Brendan’s first exposure to the painting world came in the form of summer jobs through his college, although it would never re-enter his periphery as a career opportunity until later in life.

Brendan eventually graduated with a Masters in Philosophy, and immediately applied his knowledge, in his words, to “Spending time in deep contemplation on unemployment.”

One day, an epiphany descended on Brendan for him to go back to college to become a Teacher,

which once back in the workforce, led unsurprisingly to a downhill spiral of drinking.

Frustrated with his trajectory, Brendan started Ryan Painting, which grew to be a fairly successful company.

Ironically, although Ryan Painting was doing well, Brendan eventually got bored with painting and purchased a Roofing Company, with ZERO experience in the field!

Although this seems like a rash decision, Brendan became incredibly more grateful of the Painting Business – a new perspective as a result of seeing how difficult it is to run a profitable Roofing Business.

Since selling his roofing business and focusing 100% on painting, Ryan Painting has reached heights unimaginable.

Needless to say, Brendan’s story has been a roller coaster of absurdity, and profound life lessons that everyone can apply.


  •     How to Actually Achieve your Goals (Simply by Writing Them Down).
  •     The Importance of Focusing on ONE solution (or Business) at a time.
  •     The parallels between the Painting Business and Brendan’s Roofing Company.
  •     How to Sell your Services when Starting Out.



“The Harder I Work, the Luckier I Become.”

“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”

“Don’t be busy being busy.”

“The Painting Game is a Mental Game. It is Won or Lost in your Head.”

“You have to have a vision of what you want to accomplish.”


[7:45] How did Brendan Market his Painting Business in the Early Days?

[12:22] What are some big paradigm shifts Brendan made that enabled his business growth?

[20:50] What differences & challenges are there in Roofing vs Painting?

[335:52] One thing Brendan does that makes the biggest impact in his life.



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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