I Agree with Mark Cuban on This:

As many NBA fans have come to recognize over the years, Mark Cuban is a dynamic guy.  He’s  the animated, outspoken, and quick-to-hug-sweaty-players Mavericks owner.

Hugs.

People know he is a “self-made” business man with oodles of success.  Then came Shark Tank. You can catch it on ABC on Fridays to see all kinds of people present their small business to big-time investors for the chance to grow with financial backing and mentoring.  The prime time phenomenon is bringing families together in front of the television like days of yore.  I’m talking about the 90’s of course:

Of the things listed above, none are commonalities between Mark Cuban and myself.  Not to mention, there is a significant difference in accounting commas between Mark and me.

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Yet, we are both fans of the Mavs (he owns them, he’s a fan).  Then, I had the chance to listen to the an Entreleadship podcast with Dave Ramsey interviewing Cuban.  I realized we have more in common than basketball fandom.  The following 3 points from their conversation impressed me, challenged me, and made me pump my fist in the cab of my work truck somewhere in West Houston:

  • Businesses can start debt-free.  Once you take out that loan, you work for the bank, and not your customers.  No thanks.
  • The American Dream is not dead.  See SharkTank.
  • Finally, Mark and I agree on the career strategy called: follow your effort.

People are told to, “find what you’re passionate about, then do that.”  Or, “follow your passion,” then give your time and effort to that.  What in your life is requiring most of your effort?  There is a good chance where you are expending effort is what you will become good at (aka practice).  When you become good at it, you just might find your passion.

As millennials, I believe we were fed the “find what your passionate about” or “do what you love” line early and often.  We have followed this advice to an extent, and it has led us into situations where we receive criticism.  Such as, spending more than 4 years on a Bachelor’s or living with our parents while we “figure things out.”

If you feel stuck in any way, I encourage you to follow Mark’s advice.  Get going on something and if you find that it’s not your passion… that’s normal!  Put in the effort anyway.  Your effort just might lead to promotion, new opportunity, or even your passion!

Get after it GenY!  We are the future business leaders of America despite what others may say about us.

 

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Job Numero Dos

Now, onward to job numero dos – my current employer.

I broke down the basics of my previous employer in a retrospective fashion.  I will provide my perspective with my current employer out of my early observations (it has only been 6 months).  This is a great small business to work for as a newly-married man at age almost 27.  I am currently content with compensation, growth opportunities, work-life balance and industry factors.

I have become 1 cog of a 4 person office employing up to 7 plumbers and 2 contractors in the field.   My three coworkers are all roughly twice my age.  Though I am content with the current situation, to be honest, I am still figuring out this job.  Where do I fit?  What’s my future?  Do I see this as long term?  Not knowing fully the answers to these questions turns me to my faith a Loving God; thus, I find my contentment.

Here’s what I know so far:

  • The office environment hasn’t changed in years.  Turnover is low.  The work flow is steady.
  • The business relationships are deep and very professional – based in respect toward our results.
  • The business model is solid, tested, and (fingers-crossed) sustainable.
  • It is a service driven company.
  • Reputation and customer base has been built almost entirely by word-of-mouth.
  • There’s one real significant moment where the business reinvented itself.
  • Straight forward, uber-professional execution of quality work leads relationship building, but the relationships are still important.
  • Profit is a good thing because it keeps the doors open and families fed.
  • Business decisions here are well thought through and mistakes should not be made in haste.
  • Niche.  The hedgehog has been identified, nurtured, and polished.

Having covered the introductions on previous and current employers, we will be moving to topic posts in the future.  I’d like to start off in direction of covering the following: mentoring, organizational philosophy, simple lessons, business principles, and leadership styles. Don’t run off yet!  I won’t be approaching these as if you were in Business Class.  We’ll have slightly more fun than that.

Until then…