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The Meaning Of Success: The Ultimate Illusion

CraftPro Contracting LLC- Morristown NJ 07960Climbing the corporate ladder? Owning a profitable business? Making a lot of money? Health Benefits for You and Your Family? What Does Success Mean?

Truth be told: I’m not completely sure. I’m a 27 year-old home improvement contractor and I started CraftPro Contracting less than a year ago. So what do I really know? Not everything, not even most things – but I’ll share some of my story and my thoughts with you. Most contractors will agree, or at the very least I hope you’ll all find it interesting.

My paternal grandfather owned a body shop in Cleveland, Ohio. My maternal grandfather, though killed tragically in a car accident over a decade before my birth, was a doctor who was most renowned for bringing the measels vaccine to Iran and saving countless lives. My father is a geophysicist who works in private equity, buying and selling oil and gas companies. My mother is a consultant, and both parents are ivy-leaguers. Even though neither of them ever felt like they fit that stereotype (my father is from a middle-class, Italian-american, blue-collar family in Ohio and my mother a minority from Puerto Rico) they both persued their education, have MBA’s and degree on top of degree on top of degree. My younger sisters followed suit- they went to ivy league schools and one is going to medical school. My little brother, the youngest of us four, is in college now. I was always told that “you become successful by living within your means and recieving a formal education from a higher learning institution”. I only every believed the first half of that. Please don’t pre-judge her for this, she isn’t a snob, but in grade school I brought home a bad report card to my mother who said, “Do you want to be a bus driver when you grow up?”. My answer was “Mommy, the world needs bus drivers”. As it turns out, the world needs contractors, too. I never did too well in school. I got into a good college because I played football and when I blew out my knee I transferred to Rutgers in NJ. I majored in Philosophy, of all things, and then after that I went back to work my summer job (full time now) with a family friend and one of the premier contractors in Morris County, NJ. I loved the work – always did. Not just with him, but with my father when we would perform DIY projects since I was old enough to hand him tools of hold a flashlight. Not just for a scientist but for any non-professional, my father is a pretty talented DIYer and he taught me a lot. Then I learned even more when I apprenticed with our friend the accomplished contractor. Before long, I was a foreman and I ran his company for him. He was over 60 and tired, so he left me with the crew and I would manage the job. After some time I discussed a buy-in partnership. He wasn’t interested until he was ready to retire for good and sell me the entire company; well I was impatient, so I set out on my own with little more than a pickup truck and some small handheld and powertools. It didn’t take much to get started: I built the website myself (when I was 12 I had a “web design business” – 3 clients and about $200 of income), I do the SEO and other marketing work myself, and I got hooked up with a few realtors who hired me to perform some work that I would later add to my extended, detailed portfolio. I started out painting walls and trim by myself, and now my crew and I are finishing 1900sqft basements, just nine months later. Here is why I think things are picking up:

Simply and plainly put, I love what I do, and I gladly spend 18 hours a day doing it. Below is an example.

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I know what you’re thinking: “yeah, yeah, heard that one before. Well I love to watch reality TV, so where’s the career in that?”. Well, I suppose you could call the producers of the show “Jersey Shore” because the damage they did to my state’s already awful national image cannot be any worse. But really I have only this to say: it isn’t just about the financial success. Quite frankly I don’t make a whole lot of money yet. At all. But – and I say this humbly – I do in fact consider myself successful. Perhaps not yet financially, but I think if you love what you, and you work at it diligently, and if you read about people who have succeeded before you and how they did it, and you don’t give up on yourself and don’t let yourself get discouraged by setbacks (I’ve had my share), then you will be successful. Now this is starting to sound like a self-absorbed peptalk that hasn’t offered anything of substance. Well, if you want substance, do a search on some great historical figures and read about their respective roads to success. Almost all of them involved failures: of the financial and personal variety. I’ve experienced both. Maybe, had I taken my family’s advice and stuck it out in college and went to law school like I originally intended I would be a lawyer by now. Maybe I would regret that decision like the dozens of lawyers I worked for during my college years who told me to do anything but go to law school. “You’ll be miserable the rest of your life,” they would say. It was sad – I felt bad for them. I chose a different path: one that involved failure to ultimately find success.

However, I think it’s too soon to look back at my past and compare it with where I am now and say “I have succeeded”. Man, I got a LONG way to go. But I’ll tell you this: I wake up before my alarm clock goes off every morning and I’m excited to go insulate a basement, motivated to hang drywall, looking forward to cracking a fresh can of paint, and enthusiastic about setting up the nailgun so I can trim-out a living room. To me, that is success. If I can make a boatload of cash doing these things with that attitude than more power to me, but even if things stay the same: I’m content. Most contractors reading this probably feel the same way- at least I hope so. We are a rare breed: we learn skills (trades) in different ways. Colleges and universities don’t offer a Masters Degree in Carpentry and Drywall that I’m aware of – and even if they did, it would probably be useless. We apprentice with those who came before us, or we learn on the job, or we take classes at tech schools. We learn to take pride in our craftsmanship by doing, not by schooling. And in some cases (i.e. roofing, plumbing, electricity, plastering) we learn to do things that a layman would have no idea how to do. We are unique, self-made, and talented. What more is there to success?

Each of us has heard the story of the banker, or lawyer, or office professional who rakes in six or seven figures but isn’t self-made, doesn’t consider him/herself talented or unique and, in turn, doesn’t consider her/himself a success. And therein lies the final point of all that rambling I just did:

Money=Success is the greatest illusion of all.

Keep on building, roofing, hanging drywall, painting, flooring, installing windows, cutting wood, etc. But only if you love it. Then you’re a success.

Find me, Richard D’Angelo, the author, on Google+.

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Roofing contractors Buckley WaA Gig Harbor, WA homeowner needs peace of mind during a re-roof experience. Hiring a manufacturer certified roofer can relieve the stress during your project. Call us today at 253-445-8950 to speak with a GAF Master Elite certified roofing contractor. We are 1 of 15 contractors in Washington to receive the coveted GAF Master Elite status.

GAF Master Elite Roofer 

What does it mean to be a Master Elite roofer and how does that make a difference for you the homeowner? A GAF Master Elite is able to install a Golden Pledge warranty roof system and warranty. This package provides 50 years of non-prorated coverage on all roofing materials. It also provides an un-equaled 25 year workmanship/labor warranty backed by the manufacturer. We like to call this true peace of mind.

A Golden Pledge Roofing System For Your Home 

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It’s imperative that a complete roofing system is installed on your Gig Harbor WA home. Many contractors just slap some #15  felt and shingles on your roof and call it good! Wrong! That is not ok. Manufacturers create system components that are designed to keep your home water tight

  • GABuckley Wa RoofersF Pro Start-Asphalt starter strips designed for the eave and rake which protect your roof deck from wind driven rain.
  • Tigerpaw-GAF’s new synthetic underlayment. It’s breathable aiding in attic ventilation, and sealing around the nail penetrations. Standard felt paper shatters when a nail is driven through it.
  • Weather Watch Leak Barrier-SBS modified (for those of you that don’t speak rooferise, that’s a rubberized, flexible material that is asphalt based) membrane that is designed to keep water out of critical leak areas like valleys, skylights, chimneys and roof penetrations.
  • Timberline HD Roofing Shingles-Timberline shingles are architectural laminate shingles. They carry a 50 year limited lifetime warranty. Did I mention they are the # 1 selling roofing shingle in America.
  • Ridglass Hip & Ridge Shingles: We top off a beautiful re-roof with Ridglass high definition ridge cap shingles. They are designed to add a high profile and dimensional look to your roof. The extra thick ridge gives our customers businesses a lot of character and curb appeal. Ridglass is rubberized (SBS) just like the leak barrier, giving it a higher wind rating and warranty life than standard ridge shingles.


Types Of Roofing We Install In Gig Harbor WA

Chase NW is certified with several manufacturers. Our employees are factory trained to install composition, single ply, metal roofing, torchdown, wood shake, slate and concrete tile. This ensures that you are getting top roofing technicians for your Gig Harbor, WA home or business re-roof. We have a comprehensive history installing residential and commercial roofing for both steep slope and low slop applications.

For a free estimate call 253-445-8950 or fill out our estimate form and we will contact you in a timely manner.

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Parkland Wa Roofing Contractor 253-445-8950

GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor In Parkland Wa

Roofing Contractors University Place WAWhen you are taking on a project like roofing in Parkland, WA its important that you work with a proven and trusted contractor. Chase NW is one of a few GAF Master Elite certified roofing contractors in the state of Washington. This provides peace of mind to our customers knowing that our company has qualified for the highest level of roofing certification. That’s the Chase difference! Call 253-445-8950 today for a free estimate or fill out our estimate form.

Roofing, Gutters & More

Gutter Contractor University PlaceWe provide all types of roofing services in Parkland, WA. There is no job to large or to small. Our experienced technicians have installed 1,000’s of roofs on everything from small sheds to large business centers in downtown Bellevue. If you need a composition roofing, torchdown, metal or single ply we are certified to install all of these applications and more! We also install quality rain gutter systems, skylights and solar tubes.

Roof Maintenance Programs For All Types Of Roofing

At Chase NW we are committed to working with you for the long run. Thats why we developed our roof care and maintenance programs. Its important for a homeowner to know that a roofs life expectancy can be reduced by 10 years if its not properly maintained. Failure to properly maintain your roof can also void or limit your manufacturer warranty. Our roof maintenance program can extend the life of your roof and keep your warranty valid.

 Contact Us, Your Roofing Contractor In Parkland, WA

Roofing Contractor In University Place WAContact us today for a worry free, no-obligation roofing estimate. We will respond in a timely manner and send a highly trained roofing technician to inspect your roof. Our estimator’s are not just trained salesmen in nice clothing, they are experienced roofing contractors that can properly diagnose what your roof really needs instead of what they want to sell you. Thats the Chase difference. Call us today at 253-445-8950.

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University Place Roofing Contractor 253-445-8950

Roofing Contractor University Place WA

Re-roofs-In-University-Place-WAIf you are preparing to re-roof your home or business in University Place, WA you have come to a safe place. Chase Construction North West, Inc. has been a pillar in the roofing community for more than 12 years with over 20 years of experience. The foundation of our  success is excellent customer service, continued education, employee retention and a strong partnership with the best manufacturer. To avoid the hassle of hiring a fly-by-night contractor contact us today at 253-445-8950 or fill out our free roofing estimate form. We will respond in a timely manner to schedule a time to perform a site visit and answer your questions.

What Makes Chase NW Different From Other Local Roofing Contractors?

Roofers University Place WANot every roofing contractor is the same. There are marks of success and standards that set one roofing contractor in University Place apart from the rest. Important issues such as  is the contractor licensed, bonded and insured. Are they certified with a manufacturer with the material they are installing on your roof. Are they experienced installing the specific system you desire. Do they have a proven track record of taking care of their warranty issues. What type of online reviews do they have? The Chase difference is that we can confidently answer yes to all of the above. Our consistency of providing top-quality roofing systems with the highest level of customer satisfaction has made us a cornerstone and safe choice for Puget Sound residents.

The Benefits Of Hiring Chase NW

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When it comes down to it, the roofing company you hire will be determined by fair pricing, the value of the system and benefits such as warranties. The Chase standard is to provide the very best roofing materials at a competitive price. What sets us apart from our competitors is our complete roofing systems and upgraded warranties. Our relationship and certifications with manufacturers like GAF, IKO and Versico qualify us to provide special no dollar limit warranties that most other contractors cannot offer. The benefit and peace of mind of having all the manufacturer specified roofing components on your home with a bullet proof warranty is priceless.

Contact A University Place Roofing Contractor Today 

To schedule your no obligation roofing estimate call us today at 253-445-8950. We will have one of our experienced roofing technicians out to discuss the best options for your home or business. We promise not to send an inexperienced sales man that has never installed a roof before. We will also be respectful of your time as our business model does not include high pressure sales tactics and spending 4 hours of your time trying to force the sale. Thats the Chase NW difference!

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