This week we are deviating from our interview format…a bit.
Interview – Chris Wetzel, Co-Host, Home Contractors HQ
Co-host Chris Wetzel leaves it all on the table, and all over the place. Key points from my interview:
- “Miami was in Ohio before Florida was a state.” I guess since I’m beginning my path on coaching businesses on quality and management systems, it’s only appropriate that I graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH, known as the “Cradle of Coaches.”
- I graduated with degrees in Journalism and Comparative Religion. Of course, that has NOTHING to do with my current career. Lessons learned: know what you’re getting in college for before you go, and once you’ve graduated, don’t let your degrees (or your trade, or your past…) pigeon-hole you into future endeavors.
- I tested in the 99th percentile for the Mensa Society test. Yes, I have a genius-level IQ. No, I do not watch Big Bang Theory. No, I do not wear taped glasses, though I would if a) I had glasses, and b) they broke, because I am cheap. (I prefer the term thrifty or frugal, though most of you will just call it cheap.)
- If you are curious as to what cassettes were in my bag, it certainly included: recorded content from “The Wiz” 100.9 FM in Cincinnati (DJ Icey D was “jammin’ the box!”), Special Ed’s “Youngest in Charge,” Public Enemy’s “Fear of a Black Planet,” Adam Again’s “Dig,” Daniel Amos’s “Kalhoun,” and SFC’s “A Saved Man (In The Jungle)”
- I still have that stop sign…hanging in my semi-finished basement. There is probably no more valuable item in my house as far as sentimental value is concerned.
You’ve heard some of Clay’s history in episode 1. (Wait, you haven’t heard all of our episodes yet? Click through each of our show notes and listen there, or subscribe on Stitcher or iTunes!) Some snippets of wisdom from my interview with Clay:
- If you haven’t listened to the interview and are just reading the show notes…please go and listen. Then you will know why the core values for Clay’s company are arranged the way they are.
- First entrepreneurial experience: selling those ice cold pops! Sugar Brown would be proud!
- Clay suffers from dyslexia, and had teachers holding him back. Ever felt like that? People defining you and telling you that you can’t? Clay and I both can relate…and we CHOSE to push past it!
- One of Clay’s suggestions for what he wished he had done to keep some of his other failed businesses going: set up systems! Standardize your work and record it.
- Also make sure to put a partnership agreement in place ASAP, especialy when you’re going into business with your buddy. As Clay makes clear, consult an attorney as to how to protect your interests from your partners and your customers, to limit your liability.
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Hope you enjoyed this glimpse under the hood…see you next time!
— Chris —