By Jim Mastin Sr

It’s true, what you dedicate your time to will most likely determine your future. Let me give you some examples.

Though I do not necessarily believe one must to go to college to be successful, it is certainly time well spent. Most of you are well past that time in your life, but you can influence your children.  Many have become very successful without formal education, but statistics prove more become successful with a college education than without.

But, let’s get more practical for this reading audience.  Let’s say you spend the bulk of your time in exercising.  No doubt you will become physically fit. You will probably have great abs, flat stomach, and muscles on your arms. This is a result of how you spent your time.

Let’s say you are interested in sports and get caught up in spending your free time shooting baskets and playing basketball.  Results?  You will most likely be able to shoot more successful free throws than the rest of us.

Any hobby you have that you spend considerable time on will no doubt result in some level of success in that area.

Maybe projects are your passion. You just like new projects to work on. Landscaping your yard, putting in a pool, adding a fence, adding driveway lights, installing a hot tub, building a sitting area in the back yard, etc. etc.  Results?  You will no doubt have the nicest looking house in your subdivision.

Let’s say you just love the internet.  Browsing, watching videos, playing online games, social networking, etc, etc.  Results? You will become better than others at searching, games, etc.

OK, you get the point.  So what about your business and your future?  How much dedicated time do you spend working on building your future in your business?  In recent days, I have spent a lot of time on social networks, mostly LinkedIn, meeting contractors for our new business.  In these hundreds of connections, I have found several categories of business owners.

One is those waiting for that “big break” to come.  The secret website formula that will attract thousands to my site.  That “unknown event” that happens to jump start my business.

Another category is those spending an hour a week doing something they think might get their business moving.

Then, there is that group of entrepreneurs that emerge themselves in their business 24/7.  There seems to be few times during a week that they are thinking of much else.  Doesn’t mean they don’t have family time, TV time, recreation, etc., but their focus and passion is building their business for future success.

Guess which group will rise to the top?  Yeah, that’s right, because “How you spend your time determines your future”.

A few practical ideas for contractors.

(1)    Of course I’m going to suggest you register with to help find leads. Why, because I believe it is a good investment in your future. But also, because it’s on my mind as I write this blog. In fact, it is THE reason I’m writing this blog. Actually I was in the shower when the title of this blog came to me. Always thinking!

(2)    Spend down time, days without work, rainy days when you can’t work, strategizing as to how to grow your company.  The world is full of new ideas everyday. There are over 350 social networking websites out there. You probably only know of 3, maybe 4.

(3)    Every week, find time to tell at least 3 new people about your business. Through conversation at the building supply store, through an email, through social networking, through texting someone, through mailing a flyer, through door to door, etc.  At the end of a year, 156 new people will know about your business.

(4)    At least once each week, drive the neighbor hood where you are working and tell at least three people you are working down the street and is there anything you can do for them?  Another 156 contacts a year.

(5)    Spend a little time each week researching your particular trade. What changes are taking place?  How can you improve?  What new ideas are there to show your customers? What organization can you join for credibility?


You say, all that will take a lot of time.  Did you not get the idea of this article?  HOW YOU SPEND YOUR TIME WILL DETERMINE YOUR FUTURE!



  1. Sounds almost to simple. We / I am looking for the difficult side of things example: problem solving someties the best answers are the simplest solutions…Good post

  2. Ahhh… time is really your most valuable asset.

  3. Love It, Thanks Jim.


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