I'm currently in the middle of dropping a pretty penny on some landscaping for my house. I moved in back in to my new home here in San Ramon back in November '07 but hadn't started doing anything to the backyard until about two weeks ago.
Until now, I've been affectionately calling it my post apocalyptic minimalistic look; a seemingly uninhabitable nuclear wasteland of dirt and straggly weeds.
Well, I drew up an original design for the yard to include seating for many guests (can anyone say cocktail party?) as well as for intimate gatherings of 6 or less, and the workers have been eagerly and busily working - dare I say, slaving - away in the 100 degree heat. (Yes, of course I've supplied them with water, Gatorade, and shade! I'm Chinese but I'm not Red China!)
Today Sammy, the foreman and owner of the company, was sharing with me that he was not happy with some of the craftsmanship on some grout work that a particular member of his crew was working on yesterday. He said, "I like to do a good job. I told him, 'if we do good work, one job turns into many. If we do a bad job, this job becomes our last.'"
That's good insight. The lesson is one that applies to many vocations. In my - heavily referral-based - industry, one bad job can result in a drought of incoming work. One good job can turn into several more. That's the philosophy I try to adhere to.
So, please. If you think I've done good work, tell a friend! If you think I have room to improve, tell me so I can make it right or do better next time! I'm always looking for ways to improve myself and my business!