Last January I put forward some resolutions for 2008. It would be easy to hit the restart button and start over, but I choose to hit the rewind button instead.
January I put forward some resolutions for 2008. It would be easy to hit the
restart button and start over, but I choose to hit the rewind button instead.
Here is a review of my 2008 resolutions with a grade for compliance:
1. Read more.
plan was to read an hour a day, and my reading did increase, but I only managed
to set aside a half-hour most working days. Think the plan for 2009 will be to
ease the 30 minutes a day up to 45 and read more on days off. I am delighted
that our publisher, Jill Bloom, has cooked up the idea of an RC Book Club forRoofing Contractorreaders.
See our January issue for the first installment. Grade: C+
2. Whine less.
looked like 2008 was going to be a tough year and for many it was. I remained
gainfully employed, dutifully married, and managed to make it through with good
health (of my own anyway … cannot claim that for the whole family as my
son-in-law, Mark, went on the list for a liver transplant at age 38). Still in
all, I managed to keep the whining down to a minimum. For 2009 we will keep
Mark in our thoughts and prayers as his situation reminds us every day how
unimportant most of what we tend to whine about really is. Grade: A-
3. Work harder and smarter.
did work hard in 2008 and managed to enjoy most of it. That part about working
smarter is an area in which I continue to struggle. For 2009 I want to work
smart enough to survive in an economy, parts of which seem bound for self-destruction.
4. Enjoy life.
was blessed to enjoy a trip to China
in 2008 that included a visit to the Beijing Olympic venues and some time with the
staff of China Building Waterproofingmagazine. There was sufficient work in 2008 to keep me out of trouble and I was
able to take some mini-trips with the lovely Kay. The lesson was clear from
trying to measure this one: I enjoy my life; I just do. It does not mean I do
not have to set aside “me time,” but just do what I do and it is really pretty good.
was about getting back to the basics in business, which is not difficult when
the economy is on shaky ground. I cannot take much credit for any behavioral
changes since the world caused many of us to focus on the basics just to get
by. But get by we did, and it looks like focusing on the basics will remain
high on the agenda for 2009. Grade: B
2009 I resolve to work the plans as noted above plus add a couple more. My
intention is to post to this blog every week. The blog contains some things
that I cannot write my usual column so it is sure to be interesting. Mostly I
resolve to survive 2009 with a smile on my face and good words for you inRoofing Contractor.
Happy New Year!
Damato of the Day Is ... "Rewind Before You Restart"
By Rick Damato
Rick Damato is the editorial director of Roofing Contractor. He has held a number of posts in the roofing industry since 1974 and has contributed to the magazine since its inception in 1981. He can be reached at 770-331-7858 or on Twitter @RoofsByRick.