Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUL 2018

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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this question: Do you work to live, or live to work? I know, it's a cliché. So here's one more: When you are on your death bed, will you wish you worked more at your business, or wish you had spent more time with friends and family? Remember, by then it will be too late for a do-over. I came to this reality myself one day when I showed up 15 minutes late to one of my daughter's grade-school plays and missed her part. I know she must have been looking for me, and I wasn't there to make her or me proud that day. Here's how to know you have prioritized your business over friends and family. They stop inviting you to things because you always have a reason why you can't come or participate. Instead, why not say yes or, better yet, why not initiate a get-together yourself ? While there, thank them for their support and patience putting up with you and your business. As they say, you can't miss something you never had. By taking care of Watochy I can guarantee you will have both a rewarding life and a great business. Because by taking care of yourself, you will have the energy and motivation to do great things with and for your business. at way you will be working to live. | and I love having them there. ey now refer to it as a "relaxative." I agree. I'll let you read into that one. PROTECT AND INVEST IN YOUR HEALTH It's amazing how fast life can fly by. In addition to eating healthy in your younger years, con- sider the importance and benefits of pur- posely continuing to do so as you grow old- er. Allowing yourself to gain weight as you grow older and per- haps drop the tool belt can limit your future abilities and reduce your life span. Add to that the stress and work of owning and running a business, and you may become heart-attack prone. At a physical, my doctor once told me I had gained four pounds since my last visit. I re- plied that four pounds wasn't bad. He quickly replied back, "But what if you keep gaining four pounds every year?" at was like a two- by-four to the side of my head. Right after that visit, I made a commitment to doing the best I could to watch my weight. I decided I not only owed that to my business, I owed it to my family as well. Plus, by doing so, I still get to do tons of active and fun stuff with my kids up at our summer home, which doubles as a place to go hunting and fishing with my brothers and friends to recharge those batteries. MAINTAIN BOTH A GOOD FAMILY AND SOCIAL LIFE I see too many business owners make their whole lives about their businesses. at's sad. Stop what you are doing right now and answer rowing up, I remember my dad saying to me many times, "You need to take care of 'Watochy.'" He claimed it was an old Indian mantra meaning to take care of yourself. ink of it as being the flip side of TCB, short for taking care of business. I recently tried to look it up and make sure I was spelling it correctly, but had no luck. Who knows, maybe he or someone else made it up. So, for the purpose of this article, I'll take the risk of using it, hoping I'm close enough. My dad's suggestion has served me well throughout my career and my life. Being a business owner takes a lot of energy and exposes you to a lot of stress. For some, it even causes anxiety. is can take a toll on you as you grow older, especially if you don't take care of Watochy. Here are some suggestions to help you. I hope you take this article to heart—you, your business and the people you love will be better served if you do. RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES Even the Energizer Bunny needs to recharge its batteries at some point. If we don't do so, we will eventually deplete the energy and drive we require to oversee a profitable and healthy remodeling business. First, make sure you get enough sleep. Working crazy hours into the night selling and estimating only to start do- ing it all again early the next day, maybe even on the weekends, can quickly burn you out. e challenges get even worse as your body gets older and as you grow your business. I also suggest finding something other than your business to be passionate about. Hopefully something you consider fun. One for me, early in my career, was creating a lakeside summer home in the mountains that became a place of joy and created many memorable experiences for me and my family. Now adults, my children still love to go there, Taking Care of 'Watochy' By Shawn McCadden, CR, CLC, CAPS U P C O M I N G T O P I C S AUGUST — How to Grow with Purpose SEPTEMBER — Subcontractors vs. Employees When you are on your death bed, will you wish you worked more at your business, or wish you had spent more time with friends and family? G 16 July 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com PROFITS: On Your Business McCadden is a speaker, business trainer, columnist and award-winning remodeler with more than 35 years of experience. He can be reached at shawnmccadden.com.

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