How to respond when coffee spills all over your laptop

Friday morning I spilled coffee all over my laptop.

A few reminders for you:

1. Crap happens. On the jobsite. That key employee leaves you. That job you thought you had in the bag (and that you were counting on!) decides not to go forward. You kill the motherboard of your computer by spilling coffee on it.

How do you respond? The quote below is something I’ve had in my office for years and hints at the answer:

2. Make sure you have your files backed up!

I use Google Apps for Business for my email/calendar, QuickBooks online, and Dropbox for my client work – I’m pretty well backed up in the cloud and have been able to use my wife’s computer without much trouble.

3. I’m here to help you with your remodeling business. Remodelers AutoPilot is a program that more and more remodelers are getting installed into their business.

Helping them transform their sales process in simple and powerful ways.

Organize their sales pipeline to close more sales.

Automate their stay-in-touch marketing with past clients to generate more repeat and referral work.

Email me if you’d like details.

Be sure to keep that coffee far away from the computer and work hard on making a good choice today related to your attitude.

Easier said than done sometimes (I know) – but very important.

They spent good money with you. Nice folks.

Think about that nice kitchen remodel you did for Joe & Sally two years ago.

They spent good money with you. Nice folks. A good, solid, and profitable job.

Have they heard from you over the last two years?

We can’t rest on our laurels.

The majority of the dollars you put in your bank account in 2016 will be the result of repeat work from previous clients or referrals from that same group.

Make sure you have a consistent and clear plan to professionally stay-in-touch with them.

That’s one of the things that’s built into Remodelers AutoPilot. Email or call me if you’d like to learn more.

Before you get too far into 2016 – do this

Open up your iPhone and click on 'Voice Memos'

Welcome to 2016!

It’s time to get back to work after (what was hopefully) a nice couple weeks full of time off with family, a little bit of work, recharging, and reflection.

Before we get too far into 2016 – it would be wise to do the following:

Capture your 2015 Business Story. I recommend you do the following:

1. Open up your iPhone and click on ‘Voice Memos’ or find another easy way to record some audio.

2. Think through your year and the 2015 story of your business:

  • What worked?
  • What didn’t work?
  • Improvements and changes you implemented
  • What you didn’t accomplish that you wanted to
  • Employee/personnel changes
  • Revenue and profit numbers
  • You can toss in some personal notes as well:
    • How you did personally in 2015 (fitness/financials/faith/family/etc.)

3. Record a 3-5 minute audio. Doesn’t have to be polished – just talk – capture your thoughts.


You work your butt off. This exercise is simply meant to slow you down for a few minutes and help you gain some perspective on what you accomplished in 2015 and help you plan and set goals for 2016.

You’ll also love listening back to this recording 12 months from now.

If you do this, please send me over your audio recording. Would love to hear it.

Looking forward to helping you and your remodeling business in this New Year. Talk again soon!

This post is (primarily) for men who are married. Please read

I just posted this on my Facebook page (view it here.) I’ll copy and paste it below as well.

What I love about my work with remodelers is that it’s not just about marketing and sales. It’s so much more than that. There’s more to life than leads and profits.

Gentleman – I hope you find the post below helpful and challenging. Email me and let me know if you did.

And to the ladies who are reading this post – I hope there is value in it for you as well.


(Even more so if you are married with kids)

This was prompted by an article in my Facebook feed this morning (Read it here.)

From the article:

“But after getting married and having four kids, we drifted apart. We have been through some really tough stuff, including illness, loss, a language delay, anxiety, financial stress, work stress and every little bit of daily stress that comes with parenting.”

If you are married (especially with kids) – it’s very easy to get complacent with your marriage. To put it on back burner.

Too tired. Too wore out. No money to get a babysitter for a date. Lazy. Easier to watch TV for 2 hours after an exhausting day then engage in meaningful conversation or give a back rub or ask how she is doing or show interest in something that she’s into, etc.


When I’m at my WORST it looks like this:
Whiny. Tired. Selfish. Bitter. Raising my voice. Whiny. Whiny some more.

When I’m at my BEST it looks like this:

I MAN UP. I take care of my woman (whether that means conversation, cooking, laundry, cleaning toilets.) Put her first and me second. Engage in good conversation. Pray for her. Make her laugh. Try to make her feel loved.

My point with this email is simply to shake some guys up and tell them to man up, rally, don’t be complacent with your wife, surprise her, cherish her.

Everyone reading this KNOWS that those things are key to a happy, healthy, solid, and fun marriage.

It’s the consistent positive ACTION and the DESIRE to have a happy, healthy, solid, fun marriage that’s the real key.

You have to want it. It’s not going to accidentally happen.

And if you have been screwing it up – go fix it over the coming weeks and months (Note: I didn’t say ‘days.’ It’s a marathon, not a sprint.)

Do something this weekend to man up and delight her. And then do it again on Monday next week. And Thursday. And the followingWednesday.

Careful – you might just start falling in love with her more than you were when you were dating or newlyweds.

And stop acting like we are too macho to talk about these things and that our man to man conversations are only supposed to be about sports and whatever. Bull.

If you want a kick-butt marriage – go make it happen.