I thought I’d post something for the guy who came for the yearly check up of our furnace. He works for a franchise type company and this is the second year he has come to give our old furnace the once over, cleaning parts and twiddling knobs and buttons and this is the second year in which we have had a great conversation. Apart from obviously being a nice guy he takes the time to explain what he is doing. He is thourough and friendly which made me ask him if he had thought of going into business for himself because I said he had an educational quality to his work which I found rare for guys in his type of business.
He looked at me obviously proud of his job and said he had been thinking of teaching, maybe in a technical college. I, for one, hope he does teach. His students wouldn’t be able to not develop a passion for what they do and we would have at least one generation of open minded and intelligent tradespeople (I’m sure there are others but this has not been my experience). On the other hand if he went into business I’m sure he would easily make a hoard of loyal clients being the sort of guy who makes you want to talk about him (I’m even writing about him and my wife said “oh yeah, we should get him to do our…” immediately).
He is a brand unto himself. He creates an expectation then delivers. Whichever way he decides to go, I wish my furnace guy good luck.