I have always had a “Plan B” and normally have “Plan C and D” simmering on the back burner. I am well aware of how easy it is to fail – often from my own stupid mistakes but more often due to circumstances beyond my control. With full knowledge that this article may be another of my stupid mistakes, I feel it necessary to take to my soap box, take a stand and speak up. I’m going to offend you but it’s okay – I have a “Plan B.”
I absolutely despise the majority of what I see in the field services industry. Like so many other self employment opportunities it is filled with hard-working and down-right decent folk. Like so many other self employment opportunities it is filled with self-serving opportunists, crooks, bandits and out-and-out evil personalities. I fit somewhere in this category myself. I thank my maker daily for the opportunity to make a dollar now and then by doing nothing more than writing and speaking my mind about the property preservation industry. I have years of experience as a self-serving opportunist in this industry. I have written ebooks and training manuals; I have been paid to speak at industry conventions, I created and maintained a very successful online training and testing site and I have served as a paid consultant to hundreds of independent contractors – both those wanting to get into the business and those trying to find a way to get out.
There is one constant in the property preservation business that I feel is one of the primary causes of many of the industry’s problems. That constant is the undeniable fact that there is a constant flux of participants in the industry. Every day hundreds leave the business. Every day hundreds come into the business. Those that leave are usually broke, disgusted or so embarassed that they never want to talk about it. Those coming into the business know absolutlely nothing about the business other than the headlines of the recruiters help wanted ads. This constant is bolstered by the deaf-mute community of contractors.
Now, here is where I verbalize my stupid mistake. I’m going to tell you how I see you, the average property preservation contractor. You are too nonchalant about the industry, you are not a business person and you may very easily fit into the category of a coward. The majority of you do not have the courage to speak up or in any way defend yourself. You will hide in a closet known as a Linkedin group and talk only with others that find their way to the closet. You will worship at the feet of any false prophet and when you have said your few words you bask in the warmth of having done your duty – you did your part, you spoke up to your friends and neighbors. All one hundred and fifty of them in the group.
To lighten up just a bit, I would like to point out another thing I have found out along the way. The contractors in this business that are happy with their status are not in the groups. They are not reading this blog or any other blog. They are out working. They actually communicate with those that are important, those that can actually bring about change. Who might that be? It’s their clients and potential clients. With just a little effort, you can find clients that will respect you. If you will stand tall, defend your rights and act like a man you will gain the respect you seek and deserve. No one likes a coward. Every one laughs at the child that runs to their mommy.
There has been plenty of stones cast at NAMFS lately. There will probably be a lot of blood pouring from the wounds. At one time, I was the one throwing the stones. I took great pride in being in a thorn in the side of that organization. Now, I am watching others throw the stones. The accused may be guilty but one should question the motives of the scribes and Pharisees. I do not see any one in the crowd that has the authority to pardon the accused. Like the contractors they claim to represent, there is no utterance in their own defense. How broad is the yellow streak on the back of NAMFS?
Why do I even mention NAMFS? Because I have a vision of the future. A future in which there is a new NAMFS. A NAMFS II. A different name for sure. A different leader at the helm of a different organization. Another spokesperson for the defenseless. Another spokesperson for the contractors who do nothing but stand by and watch.
Ask yourself if the industry will rise like a phoenix from the ashes or are we seeing the birth of a NAMFS II?
Nothing will change until you do.