Episode Description

Is it better to be stable or adaptable? Different sources might give you different answers, but experience is the greatest teacher. Join host Todd and guest Brian Burke as they discuss the difference between book learning and being in the field, the importance of paying it forward to the next generation, how to help others think outside the box and whether there’s a difference between being paperless and going digital. 

A few short years ago, reprographics expert and business owner Brian Burke conceived an idea for getting construction documents printed. His idea led to the founding of Plans4Less.com in 2015. Mr. Burke has proven that leveraging both technology and a strategically located national network of reprographics partners provides a more valuable printing service to the construction industry.

Todd Takes

1. A note of gratitude this Thanksgiving week. To all our faithful listeners, everyone that works on this podcast is truly humbled and grateful for you. It is amazing to see the growth in the year since we launched the podcast and that is in very large measure to you, our listeners! One of my favorite things about the podcast is getting messages from you about the show or potential topics to dive into more. 

2. Second, in the spirit of thankfulness, pay it forward with the knowledge you have. I loved the story Brian shared about his boss that took a chance on him by giving him a business to run and coming along side of him to teach him how to be successful. We all need to seek to pass the knowledge we have on to others to keep the industry moving forward. I am a firm believer that we all should have a mentor to glean wisdom from and a mentee that we can pass along our experiences.  

3. Finally, do not be afraid to try new things and do something different. Look for creative and innovative ways to do things. Sometimes looking outside of your industry can give you a great idea to implement. When innovating, you will almost certainly have to convince others and potentially gently pull others with you. That is ok. Be firm in your convictions and be patient. Change is usually slow and that is not necessarily a bad thing. 

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