July 8, 2021
Do it right or don’t do it at all.
A quote from my colleague, Will, whom I met when he was fixing my cell phone. It wasn’t long before I knew I wanted to know him better.
I started my first business in a small garage in 1973 after being inspired by a brilliant mechanical engineer, Arne Heitmann. He is responsible for inventing the innovative electric motor that we started with here at Haroldson-Blair.
When I was working in a small gas turbine company, Arne and I became colleagues and friends. By watching him, I began to think that I wanted to become an engineer because I discovered high speed machinery is very interesting.
Fast forward to years later, I was having my cell phone repaired by Will, a young man who reminded me a bit of myself. In conversations with him, we discovered a common interest in cars, and I suggested he use my shop. After watching him work on a very complex repair of his car I offered him a job. One of his talents is quiet persistence. After an attempt at repair, the result was unsatisfactory, and he had to take it all apart and start over. He didn’t throw tools or pitch a fit; he kept his cool and set to work without complaints. I was instantly impressed with him.
I like to think that I’m resilient. What I mean by that is, when things don’t go well or right or my first idea turns out to be misdirected or informed, I don't give up. That’s why Will and I are exceptional business partners. His mindset is: “do it right or don’t do it at all.” When he was working on that car repair at the beginning, it was kind of his interview. He knew no one but himself stood to benefit or feel the consequences from that job being done correctly, and he shared with me he’d be in a different place if he hadn’t taken the opportunity.
What makes my partnership with Will so unique is that we both know it’s okay to go into a problem not knowing an answer - being able to navigate a situation as it comes to you is just as valuable. We enjoy the process of figuring things out and continue to be humbled by how far science has come- and will continue to go. We know that opportunities are presented to us from circumstances if we’re open minded.
We both have confidence in the future and keep moving forward, even if we don’t know where we’re going.
- Eric Sonnichsen & Will Chabot, Haroldson-Blair (haroldson-blair.com)