Speaking to the 2005 graduating class at Stanford University, Steve Jobs uttered one of the most profound statements about the business world: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Yet, too many small business owners find that their passion for their work has deflated. What once inspired them to get up in the morning becomes a slog, even when success is pouring in.
This was definitely the case when Ability Remodeling owner Mike Daniel decided to give up his share of a successful company. He was formerly at the helm of an award-winning and highly lucrative design, remodeling and homebuilding company based in Scottsdale. Everything about the company was exemplary, including its processes, procedures and results. But something was missing.
“I guess you could say I got bored,” Daniel said. “But it would be more accurate to say I was burned out — not feeling the passion anymore. I wanted to be a part of something bigger than the company. But instead, I was the company.”
So, Daniel started fresh, founding Ability Remodeling in a smaller town to feel closer to the community. He built his remodeling business from the ground up to serve a greater purpose than just revenue. By offering training and work opportunities to people with developmental disabilities, the business could directly help the community flourish. And, the community could invest in Prescott by choosing a philanthropy-focused remodeling company.
How Ability Remodeling lifts up Prescott while also giving back
The real difference between Ability and the typical approach to business charity is that philanthropy isn’t just a side activity.
Instead, every job is an opportunity for workers with developmental disabilities to gain skills, earn a living and have a sense of inner pride. These individuals typically come from work-training programs that help them develop job skills and hands-on training. They can then have a chance to become a regular part of the remodeling crew, visiting homes, learning a craft and helping themselves live more independently.
“These are individuals who typically lack opportunities for real work outside of a confined warehouse or shop setting. We bring our trainees and employees out into the community — into people’s homes — and help them see how their work gets results and benefits customers.” Daniel said.
In addition to their work with individuals who have developmental disabilities, Daniel and his crew donate ample amounts of time, money, materials and volunteer work to locally based causes “closest to Ability’s heart,” Daniel said.
How to help your business have a real, direct impact on your community
When talking to Daniel, he emphasizes that real philanthropy is about having a vision for results, not just seeking a certain image for yourself.
By making philanthropy a central part of your business model and participating actively as a leader, you can achieve so much more than occasional donations or fundraising drives.
More importantly to Daniel, he knows that his goals go beyond simply growing his business or his personal wealth.
“For me, it’s how we value this company – not by how much money we’re making or remodeling success, but rather how much we’re in this community helping them and being a part of it,” he said.
Find a cause you care about, combine it with work you love, and really take the reins to follow your vision and get results. That’s the true formula for fulfilling small business growth and success.
About Ability Remodeling: Ability Remodeling is your hometown residential remodeler and community builder. Mike Daniel is a NARI Master Certified Remodeler and has been performing award-winning remodeling projects in Arizona for over 15 years. For more information about Ability Remodeling, visit abilityprescott.com or call 928-756-8189.