Is your business perfect?

For the longest time, I thought that you either had to have a perfect, well oiled, successful business or you had to fake it. This is a tough image to sustain. Only put the best pictures on the website (guilty). Psychoanalyze any piece of content you put out on a blog, comment or post anywhere online. Craft emails with precision. Don't admit weakness. And the list goes on and on.

A friend once told me that everyone is cracked and wears a mask to cover up. Some people wear it better than others, but we all wear a mask. It seems applicable to business as well. It is refreshing to see others admit mistakes and learn from them more so than trying to keep up with the perceived images of some companies. 

The reality is that we all make mistakes but the good news is that hindsight really is 20/20. Mistakes and failures are usually the clearest opportunity to see where we went wrong and teach us not to do ___ again. In fact, if you really think about it, most advice in podcasts, books and YouTube videos is usually the result of someone learning a lesson the hard way or narrowly escaping failure. Seems like we can learn a lot more if we are genuine and look for ways to learn from our mistakes instead of always trying to give the best outward impression.

So as we move forward as a company, our goal is to learn from the past mistakes we have made and hopefully as we share some of those mistakes in the future, you can take away something helpful as well. 

How often do you blog?

One of the intentions of revamping our website was to start to change the way we do things at MSD. We want to attempt to provide some content instead of just taking all the time. Blogging seems like a good starting point.

Seth Godin encourages everyone to write a blog post every day (link). That seems like a pretty daunting task, especially considering that I may not have much useful information to put out there. But as I have continued to move along this journey of owning and operating a small engineering firm I continue to learn new lessons (mainly from my mistakes). Maybe in a future post I will lay out some of the lessons we have learned as a company but right now some are a little too fresh ;) 

I also continue to come across great material in podcasts, blogs, websites and books I am reading, so if nothing else I can just regurgitate some of that for other business minded people out there who may be searching for ways to improve their business. Maybe it will be helpful to some, maybe not. If nothing else, we will consider it an experiment. Have a great Friday. 


Welcome to our New Website

Welcome to our new website. We hope to keep this site a little more updated and relevant than we have in the past.  

At MSD, our goal is your success. That means that we have to be an effective team player. We have learned that our strength is design, whether Structural Engineering, Steel Detailing, working with Wood Truss Components or Light Gage Metal Framing. We would love to be a resource for you and provide a level of expertise in these areas so that you don't have to worry about the details. Please feel free to browse our site and see some examples of our work and don't forget to sign up for updates below.  Let us know if you have any questions or see ways that we could help you be more successful in your endeavors.