A Mentor a Day …
“I have a good network of mentors, other contractors that I can call on. I think that’s been extremely helpful for me. I have some really good guys; their phone numbers are on speed dial in my Blackberry. I can call them if I’m on a job site and I’m panicking and the inspector’s about to show up.”
“My business, at one point, was growing really fast, where I had more than I could handle. I didn’t know how to say no. I was just saying yes to everyone, and I really got myself into a bind. I had 10 guys working with me at a time, and I couldn’t handle it. I had to fire everyone, keep two guys who I knew were really good, and then just kind of go back to doing one job at a time. Once I got a handle on that, then I progressed to, okay, now I can do two jobs. ”
Know Yourself, Be Yourself
“I try not to compare myself to other people. Like my friend Pat, he’s doing all of these big jobs. Well, Pat’s been doing this longer than I’ve been alive, so I can’t really compare myself to him. I know my limitations now, and I don’t overextend myself.”
“In the beginning, the late ’90s and early 2000s, I still had to explain to people what green building was. I even had one lady say to me, ‘I don’t want my building green.’ I was like, ‘No, I’m not talking about the color!’ But nowadays, it is starting to hit more mainstream media. It’s definitely an added bonus for me, the fact that I went and got all of my [sustainable building] certifications. It helps a lot.”
“GreenSage.com, that’s a really good site about green living that’s written more for the consumer. Treehugger.com, everyone’s heard of Treehugger now. I write for GreenGirlsGlobal.com. BuilditGreen.com is a great site, actually, that homeowners should go to if they’re thinking about remodeling their house or building a house.”
Every Day Is a Good Day
“I try and set my intentions at the beginning of the day that today is going to be a good day. Because I’ve always felt that even my worst day of working for myself is still a thousand times better than working for someone else.”
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This Featured Lady was profiled by Sarah Tomlinson, a freelance writer in Los Angeles.