Following Dreams (and Playhouses)

     People say, “Follow your dreams.”  It’s a great saying, but actually following your dreams is scary.  If I try, will I fail?  Will I disappoint those I love?  I wanted to create a princess-like dream for my girls, but in real life, fairy godmothers don’t stop by and build castles.  That was up to me.

     When I started out in life, I didn’t think that I wanted to be a “glamorous contractor.”  I was a guy with lots of siblings and no college fund.  I needed to make a career choice.  I fell into contracting, but ended up liking it.  It had a creative side that I hadn’t anticipated.  Building my business, ATB Building, has been difficult, but also rewarding.  In the past few decades, I’ve been the contractor guy doing everything from complete kitchen remodels, to custom decks, to complete interior overhauls, to building houses.  My favorite jobs have been those that gave me creative license for custom work.

  Building the playhouse started with a dream of an amazing place for my girls, and ended with a bigger dream of building playhouses for others.   But that dream has carried a lot of risk.  With all the unexpected hype of my daughters’ playhouse going viral and responding to journalists, I fell behind in scheduled work and it caused me to lose out on a $30,000 project two days before the start date.   For some businesses, a $30,000 project is no big deal, but for me, it hurt big time!  A lot of people think going viral is an instant lottery ticket to fame and fortune, but let me tell you, it’s far from the truth.  I’m finding it comes with a lot of hard work, and a lot of risk.  Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

   I am hoping that following this dream of Spoiled Rotten Homes Inc. will make my wife and daughters proud of what I have done someday.  With the help of you and the support of my friends, I believe this is possible. 

  I will be updating my blog during this journey, and I’m hoping it will be a fun and rewarding one!  Otherwise, you will see a viral story gone bad.

Now for the Jerry Maguire moment…who’s coming with me!?!?