As I begin to write this blog, sitting at the Executive Oil Conference and Exhibition (an oil and gas trade show) in Midland, Texas, I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever been to Midland before. The answer is no. I would remember Midland – most anyone would.
Let me preface this by saying that I grew up in a small oil field town. My dad worked in the oil fields in Jack County. Since that time, I’ve had a deep respect for those hard-working men. The names for various positions still floating around somewhere in my memory. Names like “tool pusher,” “roughneck” and “roustabout” come to mind. I remember my dad explaining it’s hard, dirty and often dangerous work.
That is my limited knowledge of the oil and gas business. I’m increasingly thankful that I work with skilled professionals at Phoenix Construction who know the business inside and out.
Back to Midland: When telling friends I was traveling here for the first time, I heard things like, “I spent a month there – one night!” and “good luck with all that.” Then there was, “let me know how that works out for you.”
Low expectations? Yes. But here’s what I know to be true: We have become a nation of finger-pointers. What we don’t understand, we often make fun of or choose to dislike altogether.
The truth is (as relevant today as it always has been), people are people and we’re all the same. Yes, different races, colors, religions, educated, uneducated, yada, yada, yada. But no matter where you go, or what business you’re in, it’s just people. People trying to make a way in this world. When you stop and take the time to get to know a person – who they are, what they do, how they do it, how they became successful or what led to failure – you are (more times than not) blessed by the experience. It’s called building relationships. A wise man once told me, “if you’re good at building relationships, you’ll be good at life.”
Think about it. A person who’s comfortable, secure and happy in his or her relationship with spouse, children, friends, co-workers and God? That’s success, my friend.
It’s all about building relationships. I’ve learned that our company is great in that arena and it’s part of what makes Phoenix Construction so successful. We’re good at building buildings, and building relationships.
In Midland, I found everyone I met to be extremely warm, friendly and accommodating. Good people making a good living in an “up-and-down” business. And here’s a bonus for you: For the best steak in West Texas, try Wall Street Bar & Grill. The service was great, and the food was delicious! My grandpa was right, “Never judge a book, by its cover.” Good things happen when you give new things a chance. Be well.
Dave Cowley is the Senior VP of Investor/Public Relations at Phoenix Construction.