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Episode 34: Mike McGrath (1-800-Paint-Job)

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Our Mission is Simple: To facilitate the growth and development of Blue Collar businesses. We will showcase REAL Blue Collar businesses in interviews, and use these stories to help educate and empower the next generation of trades workers to become Blue Collar business owners.

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson and visionary founder Derek Foster interview Mike McGrath, the head honcho at 1-800-Paint-Job! Mike overcame plenty of struggles to get where he is, and faces more every day... But no challenge is too great for a Blue Collar worker! Hear about his struggles and successes here, in this stellar episode!

This episode was recorded on-location at The Eden Center for Integrative Care:

00:15 - Introduction

02:15 - The Turning Point

03:44 - A Portrait of the Future

06:01 - A Changing Market

08:25 - The Equipment Plan: No Plan!

10:04 - Finding Help: Quality over Quantity, Build a Culture!

13:07 - Billing Blues: Email’s Got Issues!

15:45 - The Biggest Challenge: Recruiting!

18:41 - Do You Have What it Takes? Coping with Failure

21:03 - Help Comes to Those Who Ask… Reach Out, Make Friends!

25:30 - From Plebeian to Paint-Master

26:59 - There’s More to Business Than the Sale

27:46 - Self-Education is INCREDIBLY EASY Now… So Do It!

29:17 - The Mike McGrath Story: Overcoming Addiction and Achieving Success

32:22 - Discipline… The Most Valuable Skill of All

34:23 - The Other Half: Making Hard Decisions

35:16 - You’ve Got to De-Stress!.. Healthily

36:30 - McGrath in the Morning: Routing Out the Routines

37:48 - Awesome Audiobooks

40:36 - Money vs. Time: Time is ALWAYS More Important!

42:10 - Wise is the Man With the Home Library

44:02 - The 1-800-Paint-Job Value

45:08 - Closing Remarks: Shoutout to The Eden Center and Michaels Group!



  • Interviewers

    Mike Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guest

    Mike McGrath

  • Runtime

    47 Minutes, 2 Seconds

  • Air Date

    July 31st, 2023