Upcoming Jobs We hope to see you at (first half of the year)

Hey guys, here’s a list of places we’ll be at, for a variety of conferences, concerts and events for the first half of 2016. Hope to see you there and meet you all!

Tadmore Shine Circus in Canton Ohio- March 19- (http://eventful.com/canton/events/tadmor-shrine-circus-/E0-001-090822181-4). The Tadmore Shine Circus is a world wide traveling Circus that is an incredible good time for the kids. We always like setting up for this one because our workers kids get to meet the performers. It’s so cool to see all of the flips and high flying acrobats. The animals are pretty cool too.

Dancefestopia in Kansas City – Sept 9-11, 2016 (http://dancefestopia.com/) This 3 day long music festival (and apparently dance festival) is always a good time for the thousands of hippies and stoners that go. Yes, I know I just said hippies and stoners, but that’s basically everyone who is there, and they know it too. We like setting up and tearing down for this event because we’ve known the event coordinator for quite some time now.

They even have a promo video, which you can check out here:

Riot Fest – Sept 2016  (http://riotfest.org/) Denver – It’s always a good time at Riot Fest, and as you can imagine it’s almost like a riot. Performers last year included System of a Down and Snoop Dog To Headline things. You just have to be careful you don’t get hurt in the mosh pits. It can be crazy down there. I remember one year, the crowd actually rushed the stage and broke OUR stage! Can you believe that. It was absolute insanity. Good thing we have liability insurance because one person did end up getting hurt, and we decided not to sue the concert hosts because it would have end up costing us more for the legal team, so we just cut our losses on this one. Needless to say we’ll still be going back this year.

The Fresno Window Tinting Awards – May 21, 2016- Fresno Ca ( sponsored by the owners at http://www.FresnoWindowTintingCompany.com) – This is an annual event we love doing because of the great people involved. They’re hard working, blue collar folks like us that get together once a year to award the best window tinting companies in the area.  It’s always good to see people of similar profession/ occupation getting together to humbly honor the best in the area. And that’s exactly what they do at this conference and award show.  Some of the awards given out are best window tinting company in the Central Valley of California, highest grossing company, fastest window tint job, best new company, and best customer service. Gotta love window tinters! You don’t think about them until you need a job done, but they provide a really cool service.

Bumbershoot Festival- Seattle Washington- Sept 2-4 2016 (http://bumbershoot.com/). This Washington Cultural Event is on its 4th year. It’s an incredibility culturally diverse event that we always enjoy setting up because it’s indoors at the end of summer, and that’s always nice when it’s humid and hot out because the Seattle Civic Center Read More →

Jobs for this year!

We had a great year and jeeze, didn’t even really get to blog about much this past year. But we’re getting around to blogging about it now. Here’s a few event’s will be at this year:

The Concrete Contractors Convention in San Diego

One of our most anticipated events of the year is the concrete contractors San Diego convention. This is similar to some events that we’ve done in the past, kind of like an awards ceremony. It reminded me of a show I saw about a woodworking conference. Truly hilarious some of the awards that some of these people give out, but I mean hey if they are passionate about what they do, then what the heck. Looking forward to it this year!

We will also being doing set up for a few Red Bull sponsored concerts and events like the event down in San Diego, as well as a few concerts across the midwest.

Come check us out and let us know you’re a reader! We always loving hearing from you!

How to be truly great

How to be truly great

It doesn’t matter how many times you fail it matters how many times you get up after you fall. (remember this article?)
Over the past couple of years when my business has been struggling I have been so extremely frustrated and wanting to give up. I just wanted to get a job somewhere. I just wanted to give up the dream. But I haven’t given up yet.
There’s just something in me that has not allowed me to quit. Maybe it’s from my upbringing or maybe it’s because when I set my mind to something I am so fully dedicated to it but I will never quit. I believe fully that God is with me I do have the faith that you will help me carry through all of my struggles. And I believe that he can help you do the same thing regardless of whether not you think the task is impossible. I can do all things to Christ who strengthens me. And that means anything. Truly all things are possible with God.
When you’re running a business so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day activities to lose sight of the bigger picture. I wrote a quick article on how to have a the vision of how to be an even better business owner and entrepreneur.

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Great day for a great day!

Today, we’re still in the first half of the year’s events. Today we’re in Beautiful Nashville, Tennessee. Home of the Tennessee titans and the country music hall of fame.

We have been working hard on accomplishing our goals, and getting a huge contract for a country music festival has been on our radar for quite some time now, so we were super fire up that we got the contract. It’s all a part of our strategy for success.

It’s about 65 degrees and sunny, and we just visited the Parthenon, the old Greek Structure that’s replicated here. It reminds of our past and western Civilization in general. So many things came from the Greeks including Socrates, Aristotle, and many great thinkers of the time, it’s cool to see the replication of that awesome structure here in the US.

As I sit here on the water overlooking that structure, I had a few thoughts:

  1. Where is my business going?
  2. How can I inspire my employees to be the best version of themselves?
  3. How can I be a better boss?
  4. How can I be a better husband?
  5. How can I be a better father to my 2 children?

I think a lot of it comes down to planning and desire.

You start with a goal, then with Having a workable plan and then doing everything possible to achieve your goals with a burning desire. That’s really all it takes to achieving your goals. Study people who have done what you wanted to do. There’s a huge importance of reading books, taking classes and courses (all you need is online for now, universities and colleges are a huge waste of time and money), but most especially learning from a mentor. Then the second most important (or I would even argue the first) is experience. Is actually getting out there and trying. And Failing. And just learning from your mistakes, but being smart about it. Strategize and then execute on a high level.

Rinse.

Repeat.

That’s what makes every day a great day, is operating a high level over and over again. It’s what gives you the sne

 

 

 

Upcoming jobs we’ll see you at (part 2)

We always love seeing our customers and fans at all the events we do throughout the year. Here’s a quick breakdown of all the events we’ll be at for the second half of 2016:

BROAM (https://broam.org/): July 9, 2016 – San Diego, California

Beautiful beach in San Diego California in summer

Beautiful beach in San Diego California in summer (Bigstock)

The Broam is an annual event put on in San Diego, California that supports the local community. The Band Switchfoot is the lead performance, and the event is a total play on words, like a Pro-Am in golf, where they mix professionals and amateurs (usually celebrities or athletes), but this unique event mixes the ‘bro’s’ of San Diego with Amateurs (kids actually) and they award a prize to the best kid surfers. You gotta love the quirkiness of San Diego!! We’ll be in town setting up for various events around the BroAm.

Brofest in the UK! (http://www.brofest.co.uk/bands/) TBA – London, England

Speaking of bro’s This is an annual event held in the UK where a bunch of Bro’s get together and rock out with their socks out over the course of 3 days. We always love seeing these jabroni’s, and they’re always really friendly even though the mosh pits get pretty violent from time to time.

Annual Fresno Tree Service Awards (Fresno Ca- December 2016) Specific location and time TBA

This is one of our favorite events to do. A bunch of tree service companies in Fresno get together and award things like best company over all, highest grossing, biggest tree chopped down, fastest tree chopped down, best customer service, etc. to name a few. They are a cool group of hard working guys that have a lot of respect for the earth because they’re dealing with tree’s all day long. One of our favorite events to set up for. Read More →

Stay Hungry for Success

Hey guys,

I just wanted to share my thoughts for today.

As many of you know, business is an incredible struggle at times. There’s times where you feel like quitting. There’s time where to actually quit. But it matters what you do AFTER you fail.

Every day I try to become a better entrepreneur and a better person. I try to get where I want to go by setting goals.

But sometimes, things just don’t work out in your favor.

Sometimes we don’t get the contracts we want.

Sometimes our employees let us down.

Sometimes our vendors let us down.

Sometimes I let my employees down as well as my managers.

Sometimes I let my family down.

What matters is we keep on trying.

Keep on striving to get better.

If you have that mindset, you will be fine. If you stay motivated and hungry and wake up every day and do the things you needed to do for that day, you’ll have enough business eventually and be able to attend some of the best events in the country (if that’s what your business consists of.)

No matter how many times you fail or how much you struggle, just keep moving forward.

JUST NEVER GIVE UP.

I want to tell you a story of one of our employees. He used to have a major drinking problem. In fact he struggled with it for 20 years. His wife left him, his family was destroyed and he was out on the street. But you see, the key here is he struggled. He was determined to overcome. His addiction didn’t effect his work thankfully, but it effected his family life. Now after going to AA meetings, he’s been sober for 5 years.

But can you image?

20 years with the same problem. Failing over and over again.

And how he’s doing great! It’s just one story of glory that anyone can do anything and overcome.

So no matter what you’re going through, there’s always hope, and God’s grace is always with you, no matter what!

Stay hungry and motivated!!

What to do when you fail

“If you fall, get up try it again”

 

YEAH!  Doesn’t that get you fired up!

Don’t ever let failure get you down.

EVER.

Failure is the opportunity to learn. It builds character. It makes you into who you are. It tests your fortitude.

For example, when we lose a contract for a major event, what do we do? Do we cower away and quit? Hell no, we keep on fighting! We keep on putting in proposals. We keep on making calls. We keep on making connections and building relationships. We keep our heads up and keep moving forward. We strive to become a better business every day. I personally strive to take all the steps necessary every day to become a better entrepreneur. And I try to live day by day, always striving to achieve my goals.

Failure can be a discouraging thing. But the thing is that failure doesn’t matter. It’s how you respond to failure that matters.

Michael Jordan missed 12,000 shots in his career.

Steve Jobs (late CEO of apple) had multiple product failures.

Think about that for a second. These are two of the greatest human beings to ever grace the earth. They were the absolute best of all time. They both changed the world for the better.

And yet they both had a TON of failures in their lives.

What does that teach you about how to respond?

Always respond positively. Always get back up, like we showed in the video above. Always strive to correct your weaknesses. Always try to do better and be better. Never quit, regardless of how many times you’ve failed.

Thomas Edison ‘failed’ 10,000 times before he was able to create the light bulb.

Abraham Lincoln had multiple failed attempts at public office before he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States.

Another story, to get a little spiritual on you:

In Jesus’s time, both Peter and Judas betrayed Jesus. They failed. But what happend to both of them?

Peter chose to repent, and he went on to become the First Pope and one of the greatest saints in church history.

Judas despaired, and he committed suicide by hanging himself.

Choose to learn from your mistakes.

Choose to respond with great fortitude to your mistakes.

And you will be successful!

Four Steps to Becoming a Better Business Owner and Entreprenuer

As I reflect on what it takes to become even better than you are at being a business owner or entrepreneur, I think there are basically 3 quick things you can focus on (although you can really hone in on 7 highly effective habits of highly successful people if you have time to read the book.)

Goals - SMART

1.Set SMART Goals

As we pointed out in our previous article, it is absolutely essential that you write down you goals, and that you make them SMART –

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

Goal Setting allows you a proper starting point. It allows you to gain clear vision on where you’re going, and allows you to develop a clear path and plan/ strategy to get where you want to be. This is the first step to becoming a better business owner.

2. Read / Listen to Podcasts Every day (to get your mind right)

 

As they say, leaders are readers. They say Warren Buffet reads multiple times per day. Bill Gates Reads daily. Online marketing specialist and multimillionare Tai Lopez speed reads a book a day. Seem extreme? Not really, considering how many negative messages there are out there trying to bring you down. Just like how a shower wears off after a day, you should be reading every day to keep your mind fresh and inspired.
Daily reading will definitely keep your mind right, and help you focus in on your daily goals. Unless you have someone in your ear reminding you of how great you are and how great you can be, you’re not going to be as successful as you can be.

Get into reading 20 minutes every day.

3. Go to inspirational seminars and conferences on how to be successful

One of the best uses of your time as a small business owner would be going to inspirational conferences and seminars. You will learn from your peers and people more successful than you. You will come back inspired, fired up and with a ton of new ideas.

There are a lot of good things probably going on in your surrounding areas. One simple Google search for success seminars or just picking one of your favorite inspirational people Like Dave Ramsey or Brendon Bouchard should be a great start. Spend time and money on this because you will NOT regret it, ever. Even if you spend $1000 on a conference and you come back and have an idea that makes you $1001, it was worth your time. Even if not, it will make you a better person and a better business owner.

I know from personal experience that all of Mobil Stage Rental has benefited from me going to seminars.  So if you have a team of employees to lead or you’re a solo-preneur, definitely make sure you’re going to at least 1 conference per year to renew and inspire you.

4. Take Time for yourself

Bet you didn’t think this would make the list, huh? Unless you’re taking personal  time,  family time, and relaxing every week, you’re ‘batteries’ will not be charged and your ability to be a better business owner or entrepreneur will suffer as well .

People aren’t machines and we shouldn’t treat our selves that way. We are a delicate composition of body, mind and spirit and we should take time to renew all 3. Otherwise we can get stale. Our relationships suffer if we don’t spend time nurturing them. And that can carry over into work. And other areas of our life as well.

So my advice would be to take 1 day off per week. Take a walk in the park, take a hot bath, spend carefree time with family or friends, read a book for pleasure, exercise , pray take a quick day trip to the beach for crying out loud! Any time (a reasonable amount) is good time spent on yourself, because it will directly transfer into success and clear thinking as well as a recharged battery for you. And you need to be fresh every day to be at your best.

Those are the top 4 things I can think of quickly, does anyone have any other suggestions? Feel free to post in the comments below if you do!

 

Getting to where you want to go….by setting goals.

As the owner of Mobil Stage Rental, I try to keep my employees motivated and inspired, as well as any other fellow entrepreneurs reading this blog. I try to stay up to date on personal development, and I hope you find these musings interesting and helpful. The first article I wanted to write on was about goals.

If you don’t know where you want to go, you certainly cannot devise a plan to move forward. Not setting goals is like setting out on a trip, with no real idea of your destination. If you are attempting to get fit, lose weight, grow a business, make more money, enhance your health, or whatever you plan on doing, goal setting will put you on the fast track of accomplishment.

First Step to Accomplishing your Goals

Set aside some time in a quiet place with a clear and undistracted mind. Think about where you would like to see yourself at the end of a specific time period, for example 12 weeks or 6 months. Hopefully you will easily conjure up positive emotions. I like to do this in my office first thing in the morning to plan where our company is headed and where I am headed personally. When you imagine feeling good and the possibility of your good things actually happening, you’ll feel the energy and get excited about your future. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been down the night before, but then felt an incredible rush of positive energy by just sitting down, taking some quiet time, and thinking.

Now, you have to channel these positive feelings and attempt to turn them into powerful, specific statements.
Remember, dreams are things we wish for – things you enjoy thinking about but don’t know when or if they will happen. Goals, on the other hand, are specific things you have decided you need to accomplish within a clearly defined period of time.

How to Transform your dreams into goals.

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