Today I had the pleasure of speaking with the entrepreneur and owner of Blue Springs Commercial Roofing, Stephen Hertzler. Stephen grew up in Central Oklahoma. Growing up, he struggled with not being accepted by his father, and always felt he needed to continue striving to be approved by the people around him. Overcoming his thoughts, Stephen immersed himself in building a business to help people.
Let's dive into Stephen's story of how overcoming your negative mindset will help you grow as a person and bring you one step closer to your goal.
Things you will learn in this episode:
[00:01 – 07:51] Opening Segment
I welcome and introduce the guest, Stephen Hertzler, into the show.
Stephen talks about his background.
Was homeschooled his entire life
Wanted to be a music instructor
Stephen talks about how his entrepreneurial life began.
The reason why he started his company
Who is the most influential person in your childhood?
"My mother. She cared for me."
[07:52 – 11:47] Understanding How the World Works
Stephen shares his greatest fears growing up.
"Never be accepted, and no one would ever like me."
Overcoming not being accepted by his father
If you ever felt that no one accepts you, here's Stephen's advice to encourage and empower you
Bouncing back from feeling to be enough, you need to strive constantly.
Let's hear from Stephen's point of view of how the world works.
Why people are negative and positive influences
[11:48 – 26:12] Moving Forward with Vulnerability and Transparency
The driving force to starting his business
Being in control
Building a business to help people
Why you choose a particular business to start
You do it because it's familiar.
It's unfamiliar, but you have a mentor or someone that is an expert in that field.
Stephen taps into why people quit their business.
Stephen talks about his biggest fear today.
Letting down the people helping him and cares for him
How big a part do vulnerability and transparency have in business?
"Vulnerability and transparency are tied with honesty and morality in business."
[26:13 – 38:19] Building a Business
Taking action on your ideas
Take the risk of working for free to learn your trade
Don't mind what the people think of you
What's been your biggest failure to date?
Stephen weighs in oh the idea of losing a business
The worst part: feeling like a failure
The best part: it probably would make me a better person
You need to really love what you are doing
Here's advice from Stephen to the people building businesses just for the money
Put your clients and your people first before the money
[38:20 – 45:59] Closing Segment
If you are put on a world stage and have 5 minutes to talk to people to remember you by. What would you say?
"Think about others more than yourself cause they are the people that determine everything about your life."
If you could ask anyone in the world any question, dead or alive. Who would it be? What would it be?
"My mother. I would ask her, who am I? What should I focus on in my life?"
Stephen answers his own questions for his mother.
How can people follow you, support you, and connect with you?
See below for social links.
Final words from Stephen and me
"I don't see the point in running a business. I don't see the point in making money if you are not using it to help someone else. The point is to make the world a better place and help someone." – Stephen Hertzler
"Once you lose something, you no longer fear losing it ever again." – Ephraim Glick
"Business is the biggest tool to change people's life." – Stephen Hertzler