Entrepreneur, family man, philanthropist, & tv personality, Bryan Baeumler is one of a handful of celebrities that seems to be doing it all and succeeding across the board. So when my husband Kes and I recently had the chance to chat with Bryan as a lead up to his appearance at BlogPodium, we made sure to get some insight into his many roads to success. Bryan really has a fantastic personality so it’s no surprise that what was supposed to be a 15 minute interview, turned into a candid 35 minute chat on life, business, DIY and everything in between. Here are a few of the highlights or our top 5 ‘Baeumler-isms’ as we like to call, them for achieving success:
- “If you’re not a professional or don’t have a lot of experience – OR if you don’t have a lot of time to learn how to do them properly and master them, don’t tackle them.”
There’s certain things that, in general, I would say stay away from: electrical, plumbing, HVAC, gas work, major structural work, even roofing. Things like that. Some people are willing to take the time and invest the money and the energy into learning how to do it and they’re quite successful. Anyone on the planet can learn how to build a house; can learn to be a carpenter. Anyone is capable of that for sure.
~ Bryan on calling in a pro vs tackling a project yourself
- “Most people overestimate their own skill, they underestimate or oversimplify the job, they underestimate how long things will take, they grossly underestimate what things will cost and they also overestimate how much they will enjoy doing it.”
You have to take that massive project and break it down into small steps. And then you have to look at each step and say: “Which one do I want to do? Which one do I have the skills to do? Which one can I afford to do?” and kinda go from there.
~ Bryan on taking on DIY projects
- “A lot of people look at the internet, and at blogs and tv shows, and they’re looking for a specific answer. And the truth of the matter is that we’re not doing mathematics. There’s more than one answer to everything.”
At the end of the day, it’s all about education – even if it’s a story about how you tried something and failed, you know the guy reading that may be thinking – “I was just gonna do that exact thing today. And now I wont.”
~ Bryan on DIY Bloggers
- “It really is kind of feast and famine…”
Anyone you see out there that seems to have it figured out, and seems zen calm on the surface and everything, is either a good actor, or they’re holding it together for the public. To be honest there’s great times, and there’s very stressful times. I think anybody in a situation where you’re working hard, and have a bunch of kids, and have all these demands on your time, as all of us do – I think you just kinda find the groove and you have to decide everyday when something’s stressing you out or you’re too busy, you just have to keep your eye on the prize and remind yourself why you are doing these things.
~ Bryan on balancing work and home life
- “Life is all about fishing and farming. And the most successful people on the planet know how to fish and they know how to farm”
Luck has very little to do with it. It’s the same as the guy standing down at the river, and he gets in his boat, and he goes out on the lake and I’m the guy that will cast every inch of the shoreline of that lake, every day from sun up to sun down until I catch the fish that I want for dinner. And he’s the guy that will cast 3 times and go, “God, there’s no fish in this lake” and he’ll leave. And I come home with a fish. It’s all about getting up at the crack of dawn, and going out, and tilling the soil, and planting the seeds, and then watering the seeds, and all that kinda stuff. But a lot of people expect to plant the seed and go back the next day and harvest it and have a great feast. But, the truth of the matter is, I spent 10 or 15 years pounding the pavement. I handed out tens of thousands flyers door to door, house to house to get the ‘I need my fence fixed.” ~ Bryan on branching out as an entrepreneur
Those are just a few of the nuggets of gold Bryan left us with. For the full interview you can head over to our blog at thedreamhouseproject.ca and give it a read.
And don’t forget to stop by the DRIcore booth at BlogPodium from 1:15-2:45pm where Bryan will be on hand to answer whatever questions you still have left!