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Management Resource Shelf | January 2023

Adopting a Growth Mindset

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Originally published: 1/1/2023

The following are our recommendations for the best books and podcasts on adopting a growth mindset for HVACR owners

If you recall taking the leap of faith that is required when starting a business – whether you own a small or mid-sized HVACR business – then you know that certain resources like peer advice and learning tools can be crucial at every stage. Many of our most successful guest authors have referenced books and advice that helped immensely and allowed them to achieve real growth and achievement for their HVACR businesses. But you don’t have to go through each article to find references, with our Management Resource Shelf, we have done the sifting for you… and we’ve added a couple of podcasts as well. The following are our recommendations for the best books and podcasts on adopting a growth mindset for HVACR owners. Here are our recommendations for January 2023.

101 Dumb Financial Mistakes Business Owners Make… And How to Avoid Them - By Ruth King

Ruth King is well-known as “The Profitability Master” and a prolific business author. King is the author of Profit or Wealth? Simple Rules for Sustainable Business Growth and her latest book released on Amazon this month, “101 Dumb Financial Mistakes Business Owners Make… And How to Avoid Them,” is a must-read. King is also HVACR Business’ resident financial columnist. A giant in the HVACR industry, she is passionate about helping small business owners get profitable and stay profitable.

As the owner of Business Ventures Corporation, which began operations in 1981, King coaches, trains, and helps contractors and others achieve real business growth objectives.
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  photoA TO Z Residential HVAC Service Business Book: Mastering a Thriving Business - By Wendell Bedell

Celebrated author and creator of many programs which help HVACR business owners obtain the best-of-the-best-practice information about operating a residential or commercial HVACR service, retrofit, & replacement business, Wendell Bedell, is a master in the space. The Club's eBook and training classes have helped thousands of residential and commercial HVACR service businesses grow exponentially. You can use the processes right out of the book or order MS Office versions and customize them to your unique business requirements. The “A TO Z Residential HVAC Service Business Book” is a terrific manager reference guide for choosing the right direction for your residential or commercial HVACR service, retrofit, & replacement business.
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Build and Grow Your HVAC Business: How I Turned $274 into a Multi-Million Dollar Company - By Greg McAfee

Build and Grow Your HVAC Business is for any service business owner or integrator who desires to take their business to the next level, whatever that level may be. According to the author Greg McAfee, there are a few elements that he believes can help with your success:

• Developing a strong desire to take care of a customer
• Swallowing your pride and relying on others who are smarter and/or wiser
• Be thankful for every sale you make and every new customer you acquire
• Have faith in God and rely on Him.
• Never forget where you came from!

Says McAfee, “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you came from, or which market you are located. With integrity, determination, and tenacity, you can achieve your dreams.”
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Your Next Five Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy - By Patrick Bet-David

Both successful entrepreneurs and chess grandmasters have the vision to look at the pieces in front of them and anticipate their next five moves. In this book, Patrick Bet-David translates this skill into a valuable methodology that applies to high performers at all levels of business. Whether you feel like you’ve hit a wall, lost your fire, or are looking for innovative strategies to take your business to the next level, Your Next Five Moves has the answers.
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The Growth Vault Podcast

One of the top HVAC podcasts is The Growth Vault Podcast with Joshua Latimer. Latimer teaches tens of thousands of home service business owners like you how to grow a profitable 7 figure business. Every week, he delivers systems designed to help you gain mastery over Marketing, Admin, Production, and Sales inside your company. As Latimer states, he “opens up the vault so you can finally take hold of the life and business you deserve. There is only one thing between where you are today and where you want to be and that is the growth you’re willing to endure.” Meet Josh Latimer on the Quick Talk Podcast (
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ControlTalk Now

Eric Stromquist and Ken Smyers, from and the ControlTrends Awards, host this smart HVAC podcast for listeners who want episodes and topics on Building Automation Controls, Building Sustainability, and Smart Buildings Industry. Eric, who is the owner of Stromquist & Company, and Ken Smyers from the DMS Controls Group are both major distributors of HVAC and Building Automation Control systems including Honeywell, Siemens, and Johnson Controls. Working in the field daily, they are experts on smart building, green systems, and more energy-efficient HVAC products. Listen for the latest on building automation control trends and HVAC and building automation control systems. ControlTalk Now The HVAC and Smart Building Controls Podcast on Apple Podcasts
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