Marrying Your Passion

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How do you follow your passion? You marry it! But marriage isn’t that simple, right? You’re right… so, if you want to marry a woman you must follow her first. Wait, I’m just making this more complicated. Let me start over.

To follow your passion you must treat her like the opposite sex. You must love her, and whatever your passion is she’ll only love you back if you treat her right. There’s a good and a bad side to passions, just like there’s a good and a bad side to marriage. For me, my passion was architecture. It’s not like I went around screaming, “I love you, architecture!” from the rooftops so everyone would hear. Life isn’t a movie, unless you make it one. Am I making this too complicated again?

Let’s make this simple. If you have a passion and want to make it your whole world, make a career out of it, then you must treat it with the same respect you would treat your spouse in a healthy marriage. It’s a weird metaphor, but it works. Try it!

Cleaning Architectural Roof Tops in Vancouver BC

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A visit from a dear friend who does commercial roof cleaning in Vancouver, British Columbia, has opened my mind to a new broad scope of details that I believe every architect should be aware of. What are these details? To get started I’ll say that when an architect is designing a roof, they should be aware of how easy that roof will be to clean once it gets dirty or covered in moss.

How do you design a roof with roof cleaners in mind? Don’t do what many architects are doing and make roof tops super intricate with lots of pokes and pockets. A roof cleaner, for his own safety, always wears a harness but when the roof is at ridiculous slopes and dangerous heights then they might charge your client way more for roof cleaning services then they might otherwise do.

Keeping in mind how your building design will by washed by exterior cleaning companies when drawing your blue print is a sign of being a more experienced architect. My dear friend who visited had been doing roof cleaning Vancouver services for nearly a decade before he decided to bring this issue up with me. He knows I’m an architect, and he first came to me asking, “Do all architects do this?” and then he showed me a picture of one of the craziest roof tops in Vancouver. He began to complain about architects and how some of them refuse to appreciate function and instead seemingly wish to make cleaning roofs as hard as possible. I had to tell him that this wasn’t true.

Here is what the truth is:

Architects don’t know how hard it can be to clean a roof in the heat or window washing in the winter. They design a building with both beauty and function in mind, and not all of them think of roof cleaners when they think of function. They’re actually trying to design roofs in ways that they might not need to get cleaned as often because of the way angles slope and certain corners block the sun.

It is also true, however, that all architects should be aware of how a roof cleaning company operates before they complete their building designs.

“Imagine if I had to clean Science World,” my friend said. And then I rebutted with, “Imagine if beautiful buildings like Science World didn’t exist because architects were always trying to cater to roof cleaners.”

My friend started to understand my points after that rebuttal, and I was already understanding him. After all, he does have a good point. Some roofs are nearly impossible to clean without it being a stressful hazard because the architect had no idea how the roof should be cleaned. Most architects aren’t like this, but the ones that are who are new to designing buildings need to learn from this.

What do roof cleaners need from architects? They need the following 5 things.

  1. Ways to anchor their harnesses onto the roof.
  2. Easy ways to access the roof.
  3. If slopes are steep and high, then extra anchors.
  4. If roofs are round, then steps for them to work on.
  5. If roofs are glass, then places to stand without scratching it.

My friend told me a bunch of things that would make architectural roof tops in Vancouver easier to clean, but these were the biggest ones I took away from our discussion. If you’re an architect like us, then we hope you took something away from this architecture fact. Tell your friends about it, because we need roof cleaners just as much as they need us.

Thanks for visiting.

Architectural Metaphor for Small Business Success

If you’re a new small business owner looking for inspiration to drive you toward success, there is a powerful metaphor you should understand–an architectural metaphor.

This is also an analogy for achieving goals in general. This knowledge first came to me from watching an interview with Will Smith. Before I share his ideas with a YouTube video, I want to cover the key points myself so that you’ll go into the video with everything needed to not only understand it but see it from the right angles.

Just like the construction of a building, you go into a business with a big picture in mind. This big picture is your blueprint. It’s what an architect uses to begin his work of actually constructing the building. Without the blueprint, the building can’t exist. BUT, this big picture isn’t the key you want to know. In other words, you don’t actually build the building by just smacking it onto the surface of the earth. You build it one piece at a time. Even the blueprint is drawn one line at a time. Therefore, to make this our metaphor for business success, you want to see your business success as putting one brick at a time.

This is the key–one brick at a time. This is important because when all your attention is placed on one brick at a time, you’re less likely to make mistakes. You’ll still have your building or business success (the big picture) in the end by putting in one brick at a time. So why focus on the big picture and stress yourself out when you can zone in to one aspect of your business success until it’s done and then do the next thing.

So with this in mind watch this interview with Will Smith. See how this knowledge impacts the ease of reaching your small business success. Thank you!

How Vibrant Colors On Architecture Make Businesses Stand Out

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You’re driving down the road on an overcast day. Everything is gray and bleak. The road is dark. The sidewalks are plain and simple. The only vivid color you see for blocks is a red stop sign because all the houses are dun, pale yellow, boring shades of blue and white. Even the cars aren’t vivid, until you see that one bright yellow car that seems to catch your eye. Then you pass a house that’s painted bright purple and you notice it more than the others.

Soon you’ll be out of the suburbs. You don’t think much of it but there’s not much to look at. You’re just paying attention to the road when–bam!–you notice that a once quaint and simple coffee shop on the corner has a new mural painted on it in stunning blues, pinks and reds. You slow down to study the mural, then notice a sign that says “Free cookie with purchase of coffee.”

Hmmm, you wonder, and your stomach does the same. It’s fairly early in the morning, about the time you usually get a coffee anyways, and so finding a parking space is easy. But then you remember you have a coupon for a free coffee at McDonald’s because you go there everyday punching out your “buy 10 get one free” card.

Before you decide to drive away from the little coffee shop, you catch a glimpse of the owner working at the till. He’s an old man, looks nice. Then you read a sign that says “Locally owned and operated.” Hmmm, your stomach rumbles again. “I want that free cookie!”

Three minutes later the cookie is in your stomach and you’re pulling out of the parking spot. Now you ask yourself would you have slowed down to read those signs on the business if that new mural hadn’t been painted there. You try to remember what the mural looked like, still not knowing what it was–some strange abstract design the old man could’ve done himself.

But you’ve been meaning to support more small local businesses after watching a meaningful Ted Talk the other week, and so you decide to go there again. A week later, after going there for your coffee five times, you notice the mural has changed, and the shop is now busier than you remember it being. A year passes by. Now the shop has been renovated and it has a big bright sign on the front that could compete with any McDonald’s. Three more years pass by, and the McDonald’s you used to go to closes down. This quaint old man who loves his murals buys the vacant property, and starts a new franchise…

This is the power of vivid colors on architecture. Use it well, my friends!