When I first got married, we had a family friend who was also an attorney. Lyman Belnap gave us as a wedding gift, the license paperwork for an LLC company. We decided to name it Turbo Renovations, and so the company began as a charity gift from a great trusted legal advisor.
We began doing repairs and serving neighbors whom I had known growing up. They were charitable to allow me the opportunity to work on their home...or so I thought.
In all reality, they were getting a STEAL! I did whole-home renovations for a few thousand dollars with the same skill and attention of a licensed professional...or more so.
We worked for about 7 months when the acting prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, President Hinckley, gave a speech in a General Conference for the church on the importance of “obtaining as much education as you can…”
With his invitation, I left the construction industry after making a large amount of savings for myself, and went to BYU-Idaho for college. I changed my major many times and struggled to find something that kept my attention for an entire semester.
I would get bored and lose desire before a single semester would finish. I learned from others the importance of not quitting or dropping out of college...but also learned that many people get a degree in something and then never use it in their career...so in an attempt to avoid wasting my schooling on a “useless degree” I kept switching my degree when I found something to be boring.
After some time, I visited with the college president seeking advice on what I should do. The president of the college advised me to go do something HARD. He recommended I go to his previous college, Harvard, and pursue a degree in Business Law.
While praying over it, we were extended an offer from family friends to take an important position for a rental property company. The answer to prayers came in union with the stories my parents told me of my grandparents.
My father’s parents had a lucrative career in Utah when they were told to move to Oregon, purchase a dairy farm, and move away from the city and the rich life they had established. This experience was pivotal in raising a posterity who know the value of work and diligent daily efforts to be good and honest, and rely on God.
Like my grandfather before me, we decided to forego the prestigious life that Harvard would produce, and to instead, be small and simple, and work with our hands.
This experience on the wagon of humility took me into maintenance of apartments unkempt, dirty, and broken. It showed me a poor class of society with bad credit, unwilling to care for their things, and lazy. I witnessed the idleness of mankind, with no desire to care for or fix something that was a part of their every day.
I saw first hand the broken homes and families who were complacent in their journey in life with little to no desire for activity.
It created a need inside my mind to teach my kids that they could do anything. That they NEEDED to do hard things and work hard to make something great out of their lives…
But what kind of example was I when so many things came easy to me and I had no great accomplishments of my own?
I vowed to finish college. I studied online, and finished a degree in general studies. I applied to colleges, and started looking for something that I loved. I found an interest in Mechanical Engineering, and found that BYU had an amazing program. I was excited at the challenge, and went seeking to do something hard. I was especially motivated by my father and his struggle with the same college degree.
While there, I found that there were yet harder things still, and built on my desire to accomplish hard things. This same drive has caused us to move many times, and driven me to do the hardest thing at that time…
Then, it was Real analysis, and logical reasoning to summarize facts without jumping to conclusions. I never struggled with anything so much as trying to comprehend logical reasoning without assumptions or vague reasoning.
Another time, It was to face loss, and failure being older than the other students and surrounded by astute learners when my whole life I had avoided serious and aggressive studies.
The "hardest thing" has changed over time as I have changed and grown.
I have found that the hardest thing I can do currently in this world is to place my confidence in another person, and motivate them to excellence.
This is my main vision in my company. Every client/laborer is an opportunity to trust another person to rise to the occasion and to become more than they are now.