Contractor business coach

Are your goals to buy a bigger house or a new car? Maybe take your family on a great vacation? Do you want to Double Your Business? Be debt free?


The person we are now, is not capable of achieving our goals.


We can’t. Here’s why:

Yes, I dropped the “C” bomb, but bare with me. 

We’re not great salespeople. We’re not great leaders. We’re not great entrepreneurs.

… yet.

We can be. We just have to commit ourselves to growing beyond who we currently are.

And that’s painful. 


Not only are we going to make lots of mistakes, but we’re going to feel like a fool 90% of the time and others around us are going to make sure we know that they know we screwed up. Those are the “crabs in a bucket” and there are crabs at each level. 

We’re also going to have to work harder than we’ve ever worked in our life.

I hear people say they work hard, but they don’t know hard work. 


First it starts with working harder on ourselves than we do on our business. 

But before we even have a chance of doing that, we must first take complete responsibility for where we are. 

It goes like this,

“I am where I am because of every decision I have made up to this point.”


Now, it might not be completely true, but it empowers us to make a change. 

See, as long as we blame our situation on the government, our parents, or worse, a competitor, there is nothing we can do. 

So, take complete ownership. 

But here’s the thing:

Normal people run away from the pain. They think it’s unnatural. To them, every moment of their lives supposed to be a march toward comfort and tranquility.


High achievers, on the other hand, believe the opposite. They understand that, the more pain they can endure, the faster they grow.

Instead of worrying about mistakes, they embrace them.

Instead of worrying about looking stupid, they take other people calling them an idiot as a sign they are on the right track.

Instead of clocking out at 40-50 hours a week and pursuing a “balanced” life, they dedicate themselves –mind, body, and soul– to the work, typically working so hard they endanger their relationships and even their health.

“Work as if somebody else is working 24 hours to take your business from you” -Mark Cuban

The bottom line?

Building a six or seven-figure business has very little to do with tactics. Yes, it’s a factor, but if we’re struggling, it’s almost certainly because we need to develop ourselves.

And it never stops, by the way.

The person I had to be to start my first business back in Michigan back in 96’ is totally different from the person I had to be to start all over again in Florida in 05’.  Which again is completely different from the person I had to be, to be able to sell it and then start a whole new business in a whole new space. 

And so it goes to hit our next goals. 


The questions is…

How much pain are you willing to endure?

Decide today to build and grow a new you, to get to the next level. 



Action Steps:

  • Get up early and work 2 hours before everybody else and work on your most important project or task for the day. We call these Jam Sessions. Uninterrupted, focused, single-tasking, high level productivity. Once we complete a Jam Session, the whole day can unravel, come crashing down and we’ll still feel great, on top of the world, actually, because we have already confidence completed our most important task for the day.
  • Schedule and commit to a weekly date night.
  • Cancel your TV subscription. It’s nothing but a mental pacifier and, for heaven’s sake, stop watching the news. We did this about 7 years ago and, trust me, life is much better. 
  • Find a mentor, and when they give you advice, DO IT! Then report back to them how it went. Once that relationship gets going, find another mentor for another area of your life. You cannot have to many and no one mentor is the perfect for every area of you life.
  • Read and/or listen to a book a week. But not just for the feeling the good ideas give you, but for the action task you can implement from them. 


Get my list of the top 50 books CLICK HERE.


“You are the same person today as you will be tomorrow except for the books you read and the people you meet.”  

                                                               ~Charlie “Tremendous” Jones 


P.S.  It always helps to #KeepItCaffeinated


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

Tess Wittler - July 25, 2015

Very interesting, Steve, and I totally agree. As we “evolve” so does the dedication that is necessary to achieve our goals. In addition to all of your suggestions (many of which I do), I also make it a point to excerise daily – preferably outside. Not only is it good for the body but for the mind too.

    Steve Burnett - July 25, 2015

    Indeed, Tess. Another good one I left off the list, but reminded by Cliff Tucker, was to mentor another. Definitely needed to grow to the next level. Thank you for stopping by.

Mike Pope - July 26, 2015

Very inspiring post Steve. Thanks for sharing. It’s 5 am on a Sunday morning, and I’m getting some work done while my son is still sleeping.

    Steve Burnett - July 26, 2015

    Hi Mike,

    Thank you for stoping by.

    Dark and early is also the best time for me to crank out some Jam Sessions.

    Keep pushing forward. You’ve got this!

Lisa Moon - July 28, 2015

Excellent, Steve!!!

    Steve Burnett - July 29, 2015

    Thank you very much, Lisa!

Cleve Dayton - July 29, 2015

Steve…great article. I totally agree. I have always said “You are responsible for every situation you find yourself in. All of your actions and thoughts equal your reality”. I believe in always working on yourself to be a better and smarter person. Think about everything that happens to you and around you and learn from it.

    Steve Burnett - July 29, 2015

    Thank you Cleve and you are spot on my friend. Keep Rockin’ !

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