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HVAC School - For Techs, By Techs

May 25, 2023

Trevor Matthews returns to the podcast to talk about growing in productivity and confidence as a tech to avoid feeling stuck in your career. They talk about personal development within your organization and in communities or training courses beyond your organization.

Confidence and productivity work hand in hand, and techs can grow in both areas when they prioritize the one that matters most to them. In many cases, repetition helps build confidence, especially in the trades and other professions where you work with your hands. Scheduling is another strategy that improves your productivity, which can boost your confidence in the long run.

As humans, we tend to fixate on fears and problems. We can build our confidence by reframing our fears, giving ourselves (and others) grace when we make errors, and focusing on building our skills to work through challenges. It's also important to find people in your organization who will uplift you, not hold you back.

Developing unhealthy habits is a possible consequence of over-focusing on work, and it could be detrimental to your personal and professional life. Your physical and mental health are also important to your productivity and progress.  

Trevor and Bryan also discuss:

  • Using a calendar to manage productivity
  • Learning new skills to build confidence
  • Communicating with your employer and building a relationship
  • Training programs
  • Self-assessment and going out of your comfort zone
  • Caring about yourself to care about others

Some of Bryan and Trevor's favorite books on the topic:


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