Christina Koch, Editor in Chief of Carolinas Roofing magazine asked me to be on the advisory board of her magazine. Since I enjoy writing articles about metal roofing, and having been in this industry for over 37 years, I immediately accepted her invitation. Then she made the mistake of asking me to provide a “short opinion-based piece” for the upcoming issue. Those that know me know that I always have an opinion!
Opinion #1 – Roofing is a great business!!!
I have been in the construction/roofing business since graduation from The Ohio State University Engineering School in 1973. I graduated from the half of the class that made the top half possible. I have had a blessed and productive life, complete with a wonderful wife of 37 years, two (2) great children, two (2) great spouses for my kids, and one (1) beautiful granddaughter. The roofing business has allowed me to provide for my family well. We haven’t missed any meals, even though we have gone through good and bad times. I put my faith in this industry and it has not failed me.
Opinion #2 – Be passionate about your work.
My father told me to find a profession that I could be passionate about and it would take care of me for life. I have followed that advice throughout my life, always being extremely passionate about the metal roofing market and its infinite potential, and it has never let me down. If you are in the roofing industry only to make money, and you don’t have a deep passion for whatever area you are involved with, you will find the going very tough and inconsistent. Find that niche in the market (mine is metal) and strive to be the best that you can be. Not better that someone else, but the best you can be! You will find that your personal rewards, including financial returns, will be proportional to your passion.
Opinion #3 – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Without being too “preachy”, I want to get the message across that every business as well as personal action should be weighed against this paraphrased Bible verse. Treating your employees, customers, and family like you would like to be treated will give you a sense of peace that permeates your very soul. You can be proud and humble at the same time and earn the respect of those around you, while at the same time being extremely productive in all of your business ventures.
Opinion #4 – Make the world a better place than you found it.
Through your involvement in the roofing industry, contribute to a better business and personal climate around you. If we all did that, the whole world could be changed for the better. Take care of the way you lead your life and your little piece of the world will be better. You cannot change the whole picture, but you can change your piece for the better of the whole. As a mentor of mine told me years ago, “Don’t take yourself too seriously”. Take care of what has been given to you to effect, and make it better than you found it.
I look forward to contributing to Carolinas Roofing magazine in the months and years to come and will always welcome comments (good and bad) from anyone. The best way to communicate with me is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Okay, now we will see if Christina asks for my opinion again!