Check out Patrick Letourneau of Blackbird Finish Carpentry in the video below.
His story is like many of ours. His dad was a builder and he realized he wanted to get into building, but didn't have a longterm plan. In 2012, he saw someone framing a house, stopped and asked him for a job and he started the following Monday. Fast forward and six years later, Blackbird Finish Carpentry was born and Letourneau has been involved in the many facets of the trade from framing furniture to cabinetry ever since.
What kept him committed to his trade? He stuck with carpentry because he likes it. He likes the sweating. The being physically tired. He likes the idea of having to problem solve to do the job better. He likes asking himself "How do I do this thing I do all the time, but make it incrementally better?"
To Letourneau, being an Industrial Athlete is most about your ability to continue doing what you're doing day-to-day with the mindset that you're going to be getting better.
"I think there's a difference between someone who's just working a job to get to the end of the day and then to the end of their life. As an athlete, if you're at the same skill level from the beginning to the end, no one wants you on their team. I think of being an Industrial Athlete the same way, if I'm coming into this from more that mindset, I know I need to be better tomorrow than I was today. I think that's the goal I want to reach and that's how I define Industrial Athlete," he says.
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