I started in the Duct Cleaning business at the age of 12. My father took me with him to weekend jobs to help out. I had the “grunt” job but it was required and I was proud to help Dad. My job was helping grab the pipes, drop sheets, and the cables to ensure that we got the job done quickly and efficiently, followed with cleaning up and prepping the truck to head home.
I’ve learned a lot from my father over the years. He’s never one to “give” me anything. He’s always been there to guide me and answer any question I’ve had though. I was never provided with the money to purchase anything I wanted…I was told how to earn money, and then directed the best way to spend it.
I remember wanting a car so bad. I was only allowed to buy one that I had to fix. I pushed the car home from down the street. I had purchased it for $600. I then worked 2 jobs part time to save up to repair it. I had to get everything for it to be road worthy such as brakes, transmission…you name it…the car was really just a wreck. Almost a year after paying for the car I was ready to drive it. “Oldfield” has always been linked to them. Barney Oldfield was the first race car driver for Henry Ford so we’ve had mechanic tradesmanship in our blood for years. No matter how much I wanted my Dad to “just help me do it”…he never did. He told me to purchase the car maintenance book I needed , and then when I had a challenge he’d watch over me and explain what I needed to do. I was frustrated and angry, why can he not just help me just do it. I now know why.
I’ve learned many things from my father, but the most valuable lesson I learned was hard work. It’s satisfying and rewarding…and there is a paycheque earned at the end of it all. These values have been burned into my operations with all businesses I’m involved with and now with Vacu-Man I continue to operate and work with the same principals that my father did when he started the business.
Happy Fathers Day to my father, Steve Oldfield, who started Vacu-Man with the vision of doing a fantastic job for all customers and making sure that home furnace and duct systems are properly done the first time!
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