How to Be The ‘Lucky’ Painting Contractor
I’m the luckiest contractor! …That’s what I was just told.
I’ll tell you the story behind the story in just a second.
I’m Ron Ramsden, and I am a DYB coach. I’m also a painting contractor North of Boston Massachusetts.
The story behind the story of the luckiest contractor.
One of my guys who works for me is actually a school teacher. And I’m working alongside him one day, and my phone rings within the half hour, three different times.
The first call was a proposal that I had sent out that got accepted. So I shared it with him because we were side by side.
A couple minutes later, maybe ten minutes later, another phone call.
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Someone requested an estimate, and he was like, “Wow!”
And then another phone call within a couple of minutes after that, someone else accepted another proposal.
He turns to me and he says, “You know I have been painting for a long time, you are the luckiest painting contractor. The calls just keep coming your way.”
And I thought to myself, “I’m a lucky guy. I’m very fortunate, I’m very pleased. I’m blessed that all these phone calls come. But there is a reason why they come.”
Every now and then you do get lucky. But I don’t call it luck, I call it “The Difference.”
And the difference is, when you wake up in the morning, maybe you start work at eight, you got up around seven, grab a bite to eat, head over to the job site.
Maybe it’s lunchtime where you stop at home, have lunch, talk to the wife, go on the computer, play for an hour, two hours, then mozy back to work.
Maybe after work when you hang up your brush for the day, 4:30, 5 o’clock.
Maybe you head out, you play golf with some buddies. Maybe you come home, relax at the pool, mow the lawn, turn the TV on, fall asleep in front of the TV.
It’s 11:00, 11:30 at night, you mozy on to bed.
For some of you night owls, 1 o’clock in the morning, watching a show because you can’t get to sleep.
Well, I’m going to tell you what the difference is.
These are the two things that made the difference in my life:
No. 1: I don’t have cable TV.
For two years we didn’t have any TV until my kids bought one for us so when the grandkids come over they can play a movie from the internet.
In fact, with the new TV I have, I don’t know how to turn it on!
There are three different remotes… and I couldn’t care less about turning it on.
We got rid of the TV. We not only saved hundreds of dollars a month but we also don’t watch it. It’s not needed. It’s an extra.
I know you might have your favorite show, you could probably watch it on YouTube if you really needed to.
Or you could buy it, pay per viewing. And maybe on a slow Winter day, you could catch up on all your shows.
You don’t need the TV.
I know you hate to hear about it, and it’s a habit that we love, to be broken off.
You don’t need the TV.
And one other thing is, when you don’t have a TV, you go to bed earlier which means you get up earlier And that’s another thing.
No. 2: I get up early in the morning.
4:30, Whoa! Didn’t see that coming, did you?
4:30 in the morning, I get up and I have a plan for the day.
I get up, I check my emails with my coffee and I plan my day, so I know what’s going on that day.
I check my calendar to make sure that everything is all set. Then I go out and exercise, be it biking, running, going to the gym, depending on what time of year it is.
And sometimes it doesn’t fit in, in the morning, but I do try to squeeze it in another time.
When I get back from that, it’s usually only about 6 o’clock now. I sit down and I write a blog or I’ll stop and make some notes for another blog or I’ll finish up a proposal.
I’ll squeeze in a jam session. My jam sessions range anywhere from a half hour to an hour and fifteen minutes depending on what I’m doing.
Then I head off to the job site. I meet the guys, meet the homeowner.
Maybe I’m going networking, BNI or something like that, this early in the morning. And then I continue up on my day.
I do stop home for lunch like I’m doing right now I’ll have a salad, and then I’m heading back out.
Then at night, I like to golf. I don’t golf that often and you don’t want to golf with me, but I don’t golf with my buddies. Every now and then I will on the weekend.
But when I go golfing it’s a networking event. Because I usually golf with people in one of my networking groups or maybe it’s a league where I can network with different people.
Although it’s something I enjoy, it’s also a networking opportunity for doing more work And it’s not a drinking fest. It’s a networking event.
Then at nights, I do like to come home. I like to relax I putter around the house.
But I also schedule networking evenings. If it’s the local rotary, we have something called the border train in town. BNI networking events, we have business builders.
Of course, we have the Chamber of Commerce. There are other things to do around town.
Be connected with your community. And what I like to always say is when you get a volunteer for one of these things, volunteer to be on one of their boards.
Take some action. Let people know you are willing to help.
When you help them they will help you. These are the difference makers.
These are just some of the difference makers.
We also talk about note cards and all the other things in some of the other videos. But if you want to become lucky, make a difference.
So the difference isn’t being lucky Being lucky is being a difference. So if you are going to be different you will end up being lucky.
And I’m not talking about dying your hair purple – if you have hair, unlike me…
It’s doing all the other things instead of wasting your time doing the things that don’t count. So you can become the lucky contractor in your area.
I’m Ron Ramsden and I am a DYB coach. I’m also a painting contractor North of Boston Massachusetts.
Helping people work on their business so they don’t have to work in their business.
Have a great day.