In this episode, I’m sitting down with on of the apprentices that I work with. We are going to dive into the life of an apprentice, as well as reflect on a few of our past endeavors. For those of you long time listeners, we even get into some LiveWire shit!
I wanted to sit down with Colten and pick his brain about his experience being an apprentice over the past four years. For those of you who don’t know, Colten was my first employee at LiveWire, He saw all of our successes, as well as our failures, and he stayed with us through the thick and the thin.
The life of an apprentice isn’t easy. It can be a long, grueling process that can take 4-5 years (depending on what part of the country you live in). The people that you’re working with, or working for, can really make or break that experience. No one enjoys waking up early to go to work with an asshole! The majority of the guys I have seen quit usually do so because they cant stand the guy they are working under. I talked to Colten about his experiences with that. From working with me, as well as a few other companies, really just trying to get his take on it. This episode is rooted on what made him want to be an electrician. What made him leave the trade, and what made him come back and decide that he could make a career out of it. His story is an interesting one. Before I got him hired on at the company I was working for, the dude never picked up a tool in his life. He was as green as they come! It has been really cool to watch his development over the years. going from someone who has no idea what he was doing, to figuring out how to be the best apprentice he could be. From not knowing how to run a wire down a wall, to being extremely meticulous and proud of the work that he does.
After we talk about his experiences, we dive into our old company. The things we enjoyed about it, as well as the things we hated. All of our successes, and the failures that came with them. And why we ultimately had to decide to close up shop.
It was interesting hearing his point of view on his role in the company, and how he saw our wins and loses. We talk pretty bluntly about the company and how I ran things vs how I maybe SHOULD have run things.
Colten is one of my main dudes, I’ve enjoyed working with him over the past 10 years off and on and I really think he brings a unique and refreshing outlook to the trade. For any of you apprentices out there wondering what your next few years could look like, WATCH THIS EPISODE!!!