If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring entrepreneur, what would it be?
Believe in yourself. Trust your gut. I sometimes don’t know if I’m the best person to ask, because I’m always for doing it. If you believe in yourself and you’ve done enough research, I say go for it.
Did you ever question what you were doing?
Because I’ve owned other companies before Adams Collision, I never really questioned the why. I did when I worked for other people. I just didn’t feel like that was what I was meant to do. I think I was meant to lead in some capacity. Being a follower was not working out for me.
If you could go back and talk to yourself when you were first starting out, what would you say?
Really believe in yourself more. Why didn’t you start this sooner? I kick myself for these things sometimes. What’s brought us together, the BNI [Business Networking International] group, took more than two years to get into it. It’s something I should have looked at seriously the first time I visited and realized how it could benefits my business.
What do you look forward to in the future with Adams Collision?
My long-term plan was always to open multiple facilities and grow the business to where I could market it and sell it. My ambition is not to do this forever. We’re in our second location, but it’s not really the end for us. I’d like to open at least one more, possibly two more facilities and market our product to where somebody would want to buy it.
What would you do then?
I’d take a little bit of time to enjoy life. But being self-driven, I don’t think it would be long before I would search to do something rewarding. I see what I do now as rewarding. I get up every morning, and I take a person’s car they felt was devastated, and I put it back in prerequisite condition. When people first come in they’re upset, they’re angry. When they get their car after we repair it, they have a smile on their face and they’re positive. That’s the big thing for me.
Anything else you’d like to add?
For anyone with a drive to do something on their own, I’m always very encouraging. Try it—you can always go back to what you were doing before. If I wake up tomorrow and everything I’ve done so far comes to an end, I know I’ll be successful in doing something else.