We are back from California. La Jolla, to be exact with some Temecula, Ontario, Los Angeles (Glendale -Americana on Brand for dinner one night), and Carlsbad in the mix. The day gig was the thing. We were there whale hunting a prospect with a ton of business for our day gig handlers to salivate over. And us, too. That is, we enjoy the day gig and we enjoy wooing our customers and earning their business. None-the-less...
We do this thing of ours (Box Bend) because we don't see a good reason to limit ourselves to one source of income. And we enjoy this gig a lot. We see this as the escaping gravity gig. You know, the gig that sets you free from whatever it is that is tethering you to earth. Having the opportunity to stay or leave anywhere at one's discretion is a somewhat rare commodity. The ability to create systems to replace, and possibly surpass one's income is an outstanding value proposition that cannot be ignored.
So, back to Cali, we rented a car and drove from San Diego Airport to a place in Carlsbad. We were under the impression that while we were looking at the ocean, our little new build was well in hand, and well down the road. We found out tonight that we are actually four weeks behind schedule. We're not too sure that those four weeks can be made up. Why? Because the first two and a half weeks were due to weather. We're good, but we cannot control the weather. The remaining week-point-five has been due to a labor shortage. Everyone is soooooooooooooooo busy that they are not meeting schedules, much less appointments that they make. Our GC has been stood up twice by two separate companies for the same set of tasks, He is at the point where he will do it himself if no one shows up by Thursday... Which begs the odd question or three, but we won't ask and hopefully he won't tell.
The bigger issue here is managing our own expectations. We come out of architecture, now own a real estate company with a partner, and have been to this rodeo many, many times. So, we know that delays happen. And they seem to happen on the small jobs with a greater frequency than with the big ones. (On big jobs, one can assign LDs or Liquidated Damages to specific people who impede the progress or schedule. Good luck trying to assign LDs to a small 3/2 new construction that is stand alone.). So to be delayed should come as no surprise.
Being pissed off won't solve the issue. Better time management skills, realistic expectations, and some emotional intelligence will go a long way in handling these situations. So will staying tuned to the frequency and duration of such problems. Once the data is in, one can adjust future expectations by ten, twenty, or you-name-it percent. That management will either result in minimal disappointment, or pleasant surprises. Self-management is (or should be) the first order of business.
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