"It's so much fun growing and seeing how other people can grow and especially being a part of a mastermind group like this, where the ideas just keep flowing and flowing and and then we get to implement them and we kind of keep track of each other and encourage each other. That's really great."
"Over 15 years, we've grown from a one man company...to having 17 employees now, and that gets to be more fun...our team and our company becomes a family where we really care about people and we want them to succeed and we're watching them succeed also!"
"I met Mike many, many years ago. Finally, I had the opportunity to sit with him at an event, it was a leadership conference. I got to know more about who he is, what he does, and why he's doing it...And that's when I started building a relationship and I signed up with him to move forward to start being in rooms like this with other business owners!"
"I met Mike a few years ago at a conference in Indiana...I was a retired police officer at the time, when somebody tells me that they are going to guarantee their coaching, it kind of sets bells and whistles off for me. So I did my vetting of Mike and talked to other people. And it was true...You just don't get that in from any coaching. We've grown the business from $100,000 a year to over 325,000 last year!"
"I had been 12 years in the business before that as a single man firm and discovering that you can make a certain amount of income and you just float right there at that level. The big aha was realizing if you have two inspectors, that can floated to a different level, three inspectors, you can go to a whole new level!"
"So, for me as an entrepreneur, it's like somebody [Mike] tells you on the formula that if you do this, this will happen. Trust us. And then if you do this, this will happen...By getting rid of the fear, or maybe just gaining the courage to take those steps, you'll see it happens. That helps you take those steps again and again, and again, trusting that it will grow. When business starts slowing down, market more, get more market share, and then you're really more prepared when you come back. So trusting the formulas that you've given us helps to make that happen...Even before we leave here, I've already done a couple of the things that were given and shared. I've already implemented them because that's what it takes!"
"The biggest scare is I've recently become an entrepreneur I've always worked for somebody else, I've had a guaranteed paycheck for the time I put in. So now going into a business where it's all on me and I don't have that guaranteed paycheck the next week...that's scary. Especially when you're, again, single parent, you've got rent, your car payment, all this stuff do. And there were a couple of times you're kind of looking at the schedule going and there's nothing going on...It depends on me...So by having people like yourself and coming to these masterminds and learning from you and other people who've been there, I'm not having to reinvent the wheel...They've all gotten there because they've followed the steps or the process. I think I would have gotten there at some point, but not as quick...Learning things faster hasn't cost me as much in making mistakes that would have cost me maybe more money down the run or in the long run!"
"Looking back at it, you sort of say, thank you. We had a fellow one time (at our Christmas party) that was kind of leaning against the wall with a misty, look on his face. I went up to him and I said, what are you thinking about Jack? And he said, look what you and your wife have created...You know, I was able to turn to him and say, Jack, look what you've helped us create! It's really a family. What we are able to do is having that feeling that you're having a positive effect on so many people's lives, being able to overcome all the difficulties, all the challenges, and everybody's got their backs. And being able to show people that if you let go of the excuses, you can start having everything you want!"
"It's been more than a couple of years now that I actually did an inspection...I'll admit I still do them now if it turns out that too many people are sick or we've got a special agent. I think I just like to prove to myself every once in a while, yes, I could still crawl in the crawl space or get on a roof. But the point is as business owners, we get to the point where we don't need to do that anymore. Quite frankly, my wife and I can probably leave our business for several months at a time, and it would be just fine!"
"One of the biggest blessings this business has allowed me to do is spend more time with my three daughters. I've got 14, 16 and 22 year old daughters. My 16 year old daughter was the starting third baseman for the softball high school team...And I went down my schedule and I put in all of her ball games on my schedule and I was able to make all of them except two."
"Looking back over 28 years of being in this business, the first crossroads came when the real estate bubble burst back in about 2007. Realizing that I knew nothing about marketing and it was going to be a lot harder to be getting jobs in the future with fewer of those jobs available. I began to look for answers and Mike Crow's system came up...And yes, we vetted you of course who doesn't? But that was really the turning point because you have to make an investment in a way. Well, that investment, when you're really at the crossroads looks bigger going forward than it does looking back. It's hard to trust that, making that investment to get a coach who's been there, done that is going to actually help you through!"
"When you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel...So that was the crossroads for my wife and me, and I want to thank my wife for that. She was smart enough to be really encouraging and I have to give myself kudos to say, if I'm going to go to the first meeting, you're going to come with me because I don't want to come back and be excited about everything that I've learned (without you participating.)"
"So we both went together and I think that's important for anybody considering such an investment in their time and their money is to bring your partner into it, it's going to mean a lot more. Being able to be a part of a team, a group, a mastermind you know, individuals that may be going through what you're going through, have gone through what you're going through are going through things that you will be going through. At some point, it's hard to put a value on that...For anybody that might be looking at this as an expense is missing what it is. It's an investment in your future. It's an investment in building yourself up, building up your business, building up your family, your vision, your future so much more than just about making more money!"
"There's so much that comes from this. And the biggest thing, having never been a part of anything like this is you don't know what you don't know. And that's the thing everybody holds on to, what they think they know. And we have to invest in ourselves!"
I've always been a part of teams and that's why I look at this a family or a team. Again, I would have gotten there at some point and I would have been successful, but what I found here is I can learn from the veterans of the group, or even the new people coming in. Everybody has something to add to it!"
"It's not going to be a savings by not investing the money and the time...There are other groups out there. When I looked at the other groups, Mike's actually taught the other people leading those masterminds and they've kind of branched off from Mike's teachings...Mike has 35+ years in the home inspection business, and I want to learn from from the guy that's been there, done that (and still doing it)!"
"You have all these different people from from different industries that come in and add their take on it and how it helps benefit our business. So it's not just about home inspections or the home inspector. It's business in general. It's one of the coolest things that he (Mike) built this prototype company for you guys to be able to literally walk in and sit with us and ride with us and just walk side by side with us!"