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EA013: Profit… Then Art | Architects Build a Better World By Making More Money [Podcast]

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medium_3052989539It’s Official! The Entrepreneur Architect Podcast is now on a weekly schedule.

In this, my 13th episode, I share the new schedule for everything Entrepreneur Architect including the weekly podcast and the new publication date for The Entrepreneur Architect Report, my free weekly newsletter.

My weekly blog articles will continue to be published on Monday mornings. A new episode of the podcast will be posted every Thursday morning, taking the slot from the newsletter. The newsletter will move to Friday afternoons. Read the newsletter while you are preparing for your weekend, or save it to read with your Sunday morning coffee. The best part is that there will be more Entrepreneur Architect every week for you to enjoy.

This episode of the podcast is my first solo show since introducing the podcast over a year ago. With the new weekly schedule, I will have the time to produce more solo shows where I will share more of my personal thoughts on business success in architecture, as well as anything else I care to discuss. No worries though… my interviews with interesting and inspirational people will continue as well.
 

 
The topic for this episode is Profit… Then Art. It is inspired by the first section of my ebook, The Entrepreneur Architect Manifesto, which reads;

I believe we need to focus on profit before art.

I hear it everyday from architects, saying that the money doesn’t matter. We should do it for the love of the profession, for the art of architecture. Yes. We must do it for the love of the profession and for the art, but we should be rewarded commensurate with what we bring to this world. We bring beauty and function and design and comfort and consistency and warmth and convenience… We do that. Architects do that. No other profession can do that.

Each time we board an airplane, we are reminded of the procedures in case of an emergency. We are told, if the cabin loses pressure, oxygen masks will drop from above. We are told to first care for ourselves before assisting other passengers. Why is that? We must care for ourselves first because if we are unconscious or incapable, we can be no help to other passengers.

Similarly, if we do not first care for our businesses before we care for our art, we will not be around to create our art. We must have healthy, profitable businesses in order to continue our mission of making the world a more beautiful, more functional place.

If you want to read all of The Entrepreneur Architect Manifesto, you will receive a copy for free when you subscribe to my newsletter, The Entrepreneur Architect Report. If you are already a subscriber and did not receive a copy of the ebook, thank you, because you were an early subscriber. Send me an email and I will send you a copy for free.

Other links from this episode:

How to Become the Richest Architect You Know

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Comments

  1. Tim Barber says:

    Mark,
    Listening to your podcast. I am currently reading a great book that is in line with what you are talking about pertaining to “making a profit” I highly recommend “Thou Shall Prosper – second edition” Ten Commandments for Making Money by Rabbi Daniel Lapin. He also talks a lot about how it is not bad or evil to make money. Personally, I have never felt guilty or bad about charging for my service. Nobody has to hire me, it is always optional. So I get mad when I don’t get paid. If you don’t want to pay me, don’t hire me! I feel my experience help people with their design and I agree I think it makes their lives better. I hope they feel the same. As long as I do my best, I can ask more from myself. Keep up the good work!

    • Mark R. LePage says:

      My views on Profit are inspired by Rabbi Lapin. I heard him interviewed on the EntreLeadership Podcast. This is how I have always felt, but he helped me solidify my thoughts on the subject for architects. His book is on my wishlist. Just haven’t gotten there yet.

      Thanks for commenting Tim. I appreciate it.

      • Tim Barber says:

        Mark,
        I agree, as I read his book it is more a reaffirming what I currently believe rather than exposing me to new ideas. I have always preached to my kids 1) One of the most important things in your life is relationships, because when things get really bad, it is the people you know who will help you the most, not the money. 2) Do what you enjoy. If you are good at what you do, you will make money. 3) Be appreciative of the things you have and the opportunities you get. There could be some kid out on a farm that is smart enough to cure cancer, but will never have the opportunity to go to school to become a Doctor because his parents need him to help support the family. 4) You can’t change people, all you can do is change how you deal with them!

  2. Apologies in advance for the criticism present in this comment. This podcast was possibly the worst professionally and vocally presented solo audio file I have ever listened to. I must admit, this is the first podcast of yours that I have listened to and I was intrigued with your topic of profit in architecture – but unfortunately I could not withstand the first ten minutes of nonsense in order to actually gain any beneficial content from the podcast.

    I do not often ‘troll’ or negatively comment or even comment on websites but I felt obliged for your sake and the listener’s sake to make a critical comment which is aimed purely at your benefit as well as my benefit of releasing my rage which was an indirect result of your doing.

    Please treat your podcast next time like a business in which you seem to know very much about – get to the point of the topic as soon as possible and please do not doodle around with unrelated topics. Please also speak in an enthusiastic and energetic tone which will make the audience eager to listen to what you have to say. You also mentioned that in this particular podcast you did not use a script – please for the love of architecture and earth, use a script. Stick to the point and on track. You also mentioned that you were releasing a new podcast every Thursday – you mentioned this four times within seven minutes.

    I did not intend for this comment to be rude so please do not be offended. I will give your podcasts one more go – good luck!

    • Mark R. LePage says:

      Jimmy,

      Thank you for your honest, unfiltered critique. I am working to improve the podcast with every episode. I invite you to listen to this week’s episode. It’s an interview with Boston Society of Architects President Emily Grandstaff-Rice. I think you may enjoy it.

      I appreciate your thoughts and look forward to your comments in the future.

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