When people ask what I do for a living, I often joke that I’m the Head Custodian for the locations that I’ve managed. To be honest, it’s not far from the truth. Just last week, I was dealing with some unpleasant bathroom shenanigans. Of course, I could call myself the CEO of my businesses, but that doesn’t really line up with the way I see myself.
I’m a big fan of Simon Sinek, and I really like the message he relays in his book Leaders Eat Last because I’ve never been one to make sure my meal is taken care of while leaving others to fend for themselves. It’s just not in my nature. I’d much rather serve others first and tend to myself last.
I often say that my favorite job growing up was concrete labor. While I’m fully capable of making a living with my mind, there’s something satisfying about physical labor and feeling physically tired from a day of work. I think that’s why I like to personally renovate my commercial projects.
One of my core values is to serve. I have no problem rolling up my sleeves and getting dirty if that’s what the situation calls for. It doesn’t matter to me if I’m working with a CEO or a custodian. I treat them both with love and respect because they have an important role to play in our lives.
“Our ideals, laws and customs should be based on the proposition that each generation, in turn, becomes the custodian rather than the absolute owner of our resources and each generation has the obligation to pass this inheritance on to the future.”
– Charles Lindbergh