When people hear that I work for a family business, they always assume that I sit around all day and do nothing.
They think that I am paid extremely well simply for being born into the right circumstances.
I understand why people make that assumption, but they’re dead wrong about it. In fact, I would say that I’m the hardest worker at our family company. My grandpa is not the sort who believes in nepotism or playing favorites, and he has truly made me work my way up from the bottom. 50 years ago when my grandpa opened his heating, cooling, ventilation shop he was the first HVAC dealership in the area. His skills were extremely valuable and he was regularly hiring on new heating and cooling technicians. He would personally train the air quality control specialists to perform routine repair services and emergency installations in line with his extremely high standards. He didn’t let a single person perform residential or commercial HVAC inspections without passing a rigorous training program. He also made his technicians go through months of menial work in order to build their loyalty to the HVAC shop. When he hired me on as a prospective heating and cooling specialist several years ago, I figured that I would have to go through some of the same trials. I expected to be put through the wringer and to pay for my own heating and cooling education at a local trade school. However, I never thought that it would be several years of cleaning bathrooms and answering phones without even touching a single heating and cooling implement. I guess grandpa wants to make sure I’m as dedicated as the other HVAC specialists.