Guiding principles

Roofing professionals share advice that has sustained them throughout their careers

Throughout our lives, we've all been given countless pieces of advice. And though much advice is ignored or politely declined, certain things people say resonate and continue to guide us. Professional Roofing asked several roofing professionals to share the advice that has most shaped them.

Conrad Kawulok

Roof consultant, Boulder, Colo.

I consider receiving advice like discovering golden nuggets of wisdom. We should search for nuggets every day. To begin, we need to be receptive to considering advice and willing to make a change in how we live, how we solve problems and how we recognize what is important. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. My former coach Mickey Fain taught me to recognize failure as a part of success and to let go of what happened in the past. On Dec. 17, 2002, Mickey also gave me one of the best nuggets I ever received: "The way to predict the future is to create it."