Sometimes I have to study for the test…

And this test was the final exam.

We were tasked with figuring out how to start two 480 volt 500 horse power motors, each pulling well over 2000 amps, on a 1600 amp breaker.

On any other day we would have ample power and switchgear to handle starting the large mulch grinder motors. But not today. This system was installed in a more rural area with limited power capacity and was previously used to grind tree stumps.

So to accomplish the feat we used a soft starter drive controller to ramp the first motor up to operating speed. I set the drive to limit the motor amperage to just under 2000 amps.

The next step was to tune the 1600 amp breaker to hold 2000 amps for about one minute. I needed approximately 45 seconds to get the grinder motor wound up to full speed. After the motor achieved full rpm’s the motor amperage dropped to a measly 300 amps.

After several attempts I found the balance between over loading the main breaker and getting the motor up to speed in under a minute.

After the first motor was at full speed we could then energize the second 500 hp motor. The two motors where coupled together and ran smooth as silk at idle.

The second it was loaded with wood chips the grinder roared to life, the ground shook and chips turned into mulch. I stepped back a few steps and turned away the first time the hopper was filled to capacity but proud when the motors didn’t seem to slow down at all.

At over 30 foot tall the grinder hopper could handle thousands of pounds of material at a time. It’s pretty spectacular to see it in operation. It was previously set up to grind entire trees so it handles the wood chips pretty good.

This project turned out to be a success but required some reading and studying on how to tune the breakers, soft starter controller and to calculate the load demands.

We had several visits from the power company while commissioning the grinder and they were very helpful in setting up the power systems.

A big thanks to everybody involved in pulling this one off.

Another interesting job in the books.

-Steve

A timeless classic… On the shortness of life by: Seneca

He says you are just wasting time if you are, “going after no fixed goal.”

You must have an end goal.

Time is limited, you have to know how to use it properly.

Seneca writes:

It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing.

So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it.

Can you answer these three questions?
1. What is your end game goal?
2. What frivolous activity are your doing?
3. Which area of your life is going to make you more of a philosopher?

Consider what he says and ponder the questions.

-Steve

#thinking #seneca #endgoal #biggoals #ponderingthepath #stevegullett

Have some discipline in your life…

Hope you’re having a great week.

Can you believe January is almost over?

It’s around this time, the end of the first month of the year, that most people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions.

Don’t be one of those people.

Keep your goals in front of you and be relentless with achieving them.

If you have writing goals, and you should, now is a good time to print them out and post them in places you are frequently at.

Make it a point to read them daily and picture in your mind what it looks like to achieve them.

Have a great week!

-Steve

Books I’ve read…

I got serious about reading a few years ago. Before that I don’t think I ever read a book cover to cover.

Even in high school I resisted reading because it wasn’t something I enjoyed. My mind tends to wonder when I read so I don’t remember what I’m reading.

I’ve gotten better at staying focused on what I read but it still needs to be something I’m interested in at the time.

It also helps when I take notes about what I’m reading and write about what it means to me.

Recently I’ve started buying my books on kindle so I can have them with me wherever I go. This has been one of the best things I’ve done to keep me reading.

I can carry an unlimited number of books with me and choose what I want to read when I have some down time.

I like to read different types of books depending on where I am or what time of day it is.

During my morning routine I typically read self-help type books. How to learn a new skill, how to be a better leader, how to be a better person and so on. Even books about how to run my business and how to stack cash.

At bed time I like to read about people. Biographies, auto-biographies, stories of hero’s, adventure or fiction. I read about people who did great things.

Books have brought mentors to me and supplied me with knowledge that I would not have been able to acquire.

Here’s a list of what I’ve been feeding my mind. It explains a lot about the decisions I make and how I think.

2019

*The Enigma Strain (Harvey Bennett Thrillers Book 1) ~Nick Thacker

2018

*Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi

*#MaxOut Your Life ~ Ed Mylett

*How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge ~Clay Scroggins

*Start with Why ~Simon Sinek

*Managing Ones Self ~Peter F. Druker

*On the Shortness of Life ~Lucius Seneca

*How to Make Sh*t Happen ~Sean Whalen

*Managing Ones Self book review pdf

*The 1% Rule ~Tommy Baker

*Tom Clancy Point of Contact ~Mike Maden

*AWOL on the Appalachian Trail ~David Miller

*Painted Blazes ~Jeffery “Loner” Gray

*Lost on the Appalachian Trail ~Kyle Roghig

*Hiking Through ~Paul Stutzman

*The Richest Man in Babylon ~George S. Clason

*The Consistency Chain ~George Campbell & Jim Packard

*Secrets of a Millionaire Landlord ~Robert Shemin

*Extreme Ownership ~Jocko Willink

*Discipline Equals Freedom ~Jocko Willink

*The Millionaire Morning ~Lewis Howes

*50 Cognitive Biases For An Unfair Advantage in Entrepreneurship ~Adrian Nantchev

*Build a Rental Property Empire ~Mark Ferguson

2017

*The 10X Rule ~Grant Cardone

*The Miracle Morning ~Hal Elrod

*The Millionaire Booklet How To Get Super Rich ~Grant Cardone

*The Motivation Manifesto ~Brendon Burchard

*The Ware of Art ~Steven Pressfield

*High Performance Habits ~Brendon Burchard

*Total Recall ~Arnold Schwarzenegger

*80/20 Your Life! ~Damon Zahariades

2016

*Beach Money ~Jordan Adler

*The Game of Networking ~Rob Sperry

*Outwitting The Devil the Secrets to Freedom and Success ~Napoleon Hill

*Dotcom Secrets ~Russell Brunson

*Skill with People ~Les Giblin

*The ONE Thing ~Gary Keller

2015

*GO PRO ~Eric Worre

*Think and Grow Rich ~Napoleon Hill

*Believe You Can ~Jason Mason

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When I read I like to have some soft jazz in the background and this is one of the channels I listen to on Spotify.

Here’s a tip…if you are an Amazon Prime member there are many books you can borrow for free!

And a few words of wisdoms form Warren Buffett…

I hope you invest in yourself and learn to enjoy reading as much as I have.

-Steve

More electrical work…business is good.

I’m normally not to excited about residential electrical work and this job was no different.

It looked like a fire hazard the first time I saw it and knew it would need an overhaul.

So this week in the 30 degree weather we tore out the entire service from the weather head to the electrical panels and upgraded the service from a 100 amp to a 200 amp.

After all the circuits where identified they were disconnected and the new box was mounted to the wall.

We installed a new Square D panel box and breakers. This house has 8 base board heaters for the primary heat, electric range, air conditioner a handful of outlet and lighting circuits as well as an electric water heater.

The electrical inspector was happy with our work and approved it for re-connection. KU took care of that part. 😁

All in all the project turned out good and this house has a new electrical distribution system that will be reliable and safe for many years to come.

The worst part of this project was the cold rainy weather. We were committed to the timeline as we had to coordinate with the utility company, the tenant and our busy schedules to make this work.

Whether it’s industrial, commercial or residential electrical work; it’s all about doing good quality work, satisfying the electrical code, the inspector and the customer.

We did all that and we got paid! 💵😁

Just a side note…I recommend using an experienced licensed electrician for all your electrical work as the risk for injury or fire is there if best practices are not followed. It’s the simple things that cause the biggest problems. Like a loose wire nut or improperly connected outlet.

Be safe.

-Steve

How I build self-confidence…

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Self confidence is a reflection of how you feel about yourself, not how others perceive you. I believe one way to build self-confidence is to do some type of daily workout.

We have to make taking care of our physical body one of the most important things we do. A strong healthy body provides the energy, confidence, and strength we need to win in business and in life.

When we are fit, healthy, and active, we feel our best. Feeling good is important because our body is a temple. It houses our soul and our mind, which is the source of our strength and power.

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Keeping a healthy physical routine is one more way you are keeping a promise to yourself. It’s a daily validation that you are worthy and value yourself enough to keep your promises to you. This builds your self-confidence.

Make decisions, set standards, and take actions that will get you closer to becoming the best version of you and the person you were born to be. You have it within you.

Be strong!

-Steve

First snow of the year…

January 12, 2019 marks the first snow we’ve had this year and the kids are loving it!

I love seeing them play in the snow and have fun together. They are such sweet girls and kind to each other, most of the time. 😁

Now I’m ready for spring so I can get on the trail and do some backpacking, hiking and camping in milder weather. 😎

Stay warm and keep the sled slick side down.

-Steve

 

I make my living using tools…

I started in electrical trade in 1988 while I was still in high school. On the weekends I was building and wiring electrical control panels in the basement for my dad’s company.

Little did I know I would make a career out of it.

After high school I went to work for a couple different electrical contractors and over the next 15 years I became an expert at troubleshooting, engineering and installing electrical control systems in manufacturing plants.

If the machine had a wire on it I was all over it.

Now day’s dad and I are partners and we work on everything from robots, conveyers, industrial computers, programmable controllers, motor control and relay logic.

We both attend annual continuing education classes and keep our KY Electrical Masters License and Contractors License current.

Below are some examples of the things we have worked on. This is nowhere close to everything but will give you an idea of what we encounter.

This is a safety system we designed and installed for a customer to prevent the loss of fingers. 😳

The next system was installed in the early 80’s and is used in a metal plating process. I’m called to trouble-shoot different problems from time to time and have even discussed upgrading the system for them.

The next system is in a cardboard box manufacturing plant. Pizza boxes and other perforated boxes are manufactured on this equipment.  This one was stopping intermittently and I found some loose wires. Took me 20 minutes but hey, I was tired. 😁

Three years ago we designed and installed a box stacking system around the KUKA robot in the picture below. We just recently decommissioned it. The manufacturing process changed and it was no longer needed.

So I got paid to design it, install it, trouble-shoot and repair it when it broke down, install upgrades and un-hook it when they were finished with it. I’m going to miss this one. Good thing there are many others like it. 💵😁

Electrical safety is very important so lock-out tag-out procedures must be followed. If you look closely at the red lock there is a label that Alison made for me. It says I love you daddy. ❤️ That’s a great reminder to work safe.

For years I’ve crawled on top of machines, inside of them and under them to get the job done. It’s part of what it takes to keep these machines running for our customers.

The electrical trade has been good to me over the last 30 years and it’s very rewarding to fix things with my hands using tools. Is that weird? Haha!

We need more tradesmen and woman to keep our manufacturing plants up and running. Seems like most people aren’t willing to invest 5 years working as an apprentice. At least they are getting paid to learn. I call that on the job training. 😉

If you want to get into the electrical trade let me know and I’ll connect you with some first class companies that are almost always hiring newbies.

-Steve

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What’s the best morning routine?

The one that serves you!

I’ve found the best thing for me to stay on track is to get up early and spend the first two hours of the day working on me and developing the good habits that move me toward my goals.

Even if my day falls apart I know I am moving toward what I want my life to be.

My Morning Routine is loosely built around these main points:
-Get up early
-Shower
-Eat a high protein breakfast
-Workout for 15 to 30 min
-Read a self help or skill book for 15 to 30 min
-Review my short & long term goals
-Think in silence for 10 min
-Review my day
-Write in my journal for 10 min

The attached picture shows my actual planned routine as of this posting. It varies some based on what I have going on and what I want to work on.

For the most part I adjust my routine slightly every 90 days or so.

The most important part when it comes to setting up your morning routine is…

The routine list is built to serve my goals. The things I do in the morning are to move me closer to the person I want to be. This is what excites me and keeps me engaged it the early morning hours.

What does your morning routine look like?

Ps. I highly recommend The Miracle Morning book by Hal Elrod. It’s a great place to start designing your day, week, month and life.