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  • Writer's pictureSteve Essary

Love Your Work

Large House with New Roof
This is a large home we replaced the roof on in 2017. They had hail and wind damage but were not aware of it until they invited us to inspect it.

I have been looking forward to blogging for quite some time but I just wasn't sure where or how to start. This morning as I was scrolling through some of the photos we have, I came across this beautiful home. As I looked at the picture, I remembered the day we began the project and how wonderful it felt to be managing the project versus laboring. Lol.

You see, I haven't always been a successful business owner. In fact, it wasn't that long ago that I was still a carpenter doing a variety of jobs. I've remodeled kitchens and bathrooms. I installed flooring for several years. I've built about a dozen houses with my own hands. Almost everything I've done has been self-taught and none of it was easy!

Teaching someone else how to do something is HARD.., but teaching yourself how to do something that you've never done.., let's just say that there have been lots of days where I wanted to throw in the towel!

Even today, despite our steady growth and wonderful southern Illinois support and all of the things that make what we do look easy, there are days that I wake up saying "I NEED A VACATION!" But despite the occasional aggravations there has always been inside of me a love for the fulfillment that comes with looking at a finished product and the smile of a happy customer. That is why I still do what I do, because I am addicted to that feeling. I LOVE IT!

My hope for this Tuesday morning, May 22, 2018 is that whoever is reading this is able to find what they love and do it. They say that doing what you love means you'll never "work" again, but that doesn't mean that everything will be easy. In fact, it may be VERY HARD! It may stretch you to your limits! It may cause you to stay awake at night trying to solve a problem that would be way easier to solve after a good night's sleep! But if it was easy, the sense of accomplishment wouldn't be as grand. Does that make sense?

Our company purpose statement is "Serving Creates Opportunity" and that drives us forward and constantly reminds us that even though serving can be hard, the smiles that come in the end are worth the effort.

I look forward to sharing more as we grow. I have actually missed so many opportunities to blog and announce how we are doing but I hope that this ice-breaker will get me started in the right direction. More to come...


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