Strong Oaks Woodshop – Front Royal, VirginiaMike Schmiedicke was a normal guy with a white-collar job for many years. Doing web programming and database development meant he sat at a desk and stared at a computer day in and day out. But when he came home, he went into his garage and he built things. “It was my therapy,” Mike said. “My wife and I had a deal. She would bring me a kids’ catalog with a learning tower or rocking horse in it and ask me to make it. Once I did, I could spend that money we saved on my collection of carpentry tools instead.”Back in 2001, starting a wood shop out of a hobby was nothing more than a hope and a dream – but the seeds of an idea had already begun. Mike came up with a plan to gradually transition from web development into woodworking full-time. In 2008, he started selling things on Etsy – he was actually one of the first furniture makers to ut...
Passion is the mother of many great qualities. It takes passion in order to have intense motivation; the type of motivation that achieves greatness. Articles upon articles have been written on passionate employees because there is a direct correlation between passionate employees and successful businesses. We will explore the why, what, and how of passion’s role in the workplace.The WhyPassion produces the type of motivation that achieves success. When a person is passionate about something they will jump leaps and bounds for it. In his Forbes article, Ian Altman (B2B integrity based sales and growth expert) says that he would like to see an employee that is “on a scale from 0 to 10 – might be a seven in technical skills but who ranks a ten in passion, teamwork, and commitment.” Altman explains how passion creates a drive for work and gives a sense of purpose. Passionate employees not only get ...
Any successful company has excellent customer service. Adopting good customer service skills can help a business flourish. According to business trainer Kate Zabriskie, “The customer’s perception is your reality.”If customers perceive a business as great, then chances are the business is doing well. After all, it is the customers that keep a business going. Whether you own a small private business or work for a large company, here are a few customer service skills worth considering.Learn from the BestAmazon has been number one on the customer service charts for years. The company’s success stems from the work ethic of its founder, Jeff Bezos. From day one, Bezos has always put the customer first. In 2013, Salesforce came out with an article listing seven customer service lessons from Jeff Bezos. These lessons highlight Bezos’ genuine care and respect for the customer. For instance, Bezos...
DIY Enthusiasts Beware!There are plenty of DIY tasks for the enthusiastic homeowner: window cleaning, power washing, and deck staining to name a few. But one task not recommended to try yourself is tree pruning. Though it may seem simple, tree pruning is actually extremely complicated, technical and dangerous. Homeowners have been injured and even killed by falling limbs, faulty equipment, or general carelessness while attempting “do-it-yourself” tree work. Here are the reasons why it is best to leave your tree pruning to the professionals.Tree Pruning is a Dangerous JobThe equipment alone is dangerous, what with tall ladders, sharp hand saws, and powerful chainsaws.Combine these tools with height and the physical labor needed to utilize the equipment and it becomes obvious why pruning trees has a high injury rate. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists tree pruning as one of the most dangerous jo...
For some fearless people, leaping out of an airplane
at 15,000 feet and freefalling at well over 100 mph just is not daring enough.
To make things more interesting, they jump off various cliffs and manmade
objects, usually at a low altitude with only a few seconds to deploy the
parachute, and virtually no time at all to deal with problems or malfunctions.
These people are called BASE
jumpers! The term "BASE jumping" is an acronym for the
four types of objects from which jumpers leap:BuildingsBASE jumping from buildings and monuments is
difficult since most places have security, locked doors, and other obstacles to
prevent someone from climbing to the top and leaping off. Many BASE jumpers
prefer skyscrapers that are still under construction for this reason.AntennasAntenna towers are popular jumping points because
they are often as tall as the world's tallest buildings, are easier to climb,
and have les...