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Discovering the Winning Mindset of a Construction Champion

Unlocking the Secrets of Success in the Construction Industry

Construction is a dynamic and ever-evolving industry that requires a unique blend of technical expertise, business acumen, and a winning mindset. In this insightful article, we delve into the journey of Leonardo Oliveira, a former military veteran who has found his calling in the world of concrete pouring and construction.

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From the Battlefield to the Jobsite: Leo's Transition to Construction

Leo's story is one of resilience and determination. As an international student, he found himself navigating the challenges of limited job opportunities, leading him to explore the construction industry as a means of earning extra income. However, his experience extended far beyond just manual labor – Leo had a background in tech, finance, and real estate, giving him a well-rounded business perspective.

"For me transitioning from the military and now into construction, this has given me a huge opportunity to regain my sense of purpose and identity that I once had in the uniform."

The Construction Champion's Mindset: Integrity, Loyalty, and Honesty

At the heart of Leo's approach is a deep-rooted commitment to core values that he learned during his time in the military. He emphasizes the importance of integrity, loyalty, and honesty as the foundation for building a successful construction business. This mindset sets him apart from the industry's "bad seeds" and allows him to establish a strong reputation based on trust and transparency.

"It's the ability to follow through integrity. And then also, establishing loyalty and, honesty towards whatever you believe is the right way of doing the type of work you do."

Bridging the Gap: Combining Technical Expertise and Business Acumen

Leo recognizes the crucial distinction between being a skilled technician and a successful business owner. He emphasizes the importance of balancing technical expertise with a strong business mindset, noting that many construction professionals often overlook the latter.

"It's been a lot of the challenge I have with some of my crew even trying to educate them. I say, hey. They think that concrete special and that, you know, oh, concrete's different from this or that reality is business is business."

Embracing the Camaraderie of the Construction Industry

As a veteran, Leo found that the construction industry provided a familiar sense of camaraderie and purpose that he had experienced in the military. This environment, free from the corporate bureaucracy and political correctness, allowed him to thrive and reconnect with the values he held dear.

"I feel like what I found construction is that high level of camaraderie. Very similar to what I experienced in the military when, you know, commander gives the orders Sergeant tells us what to do."

Advice for Veteran Entrepreneurs in Construction

For fellow veterans looking to transition into the construction industry, Leo offers valuable insights and guidance. He emphasizes the importance of seeking support from organizations like the Utah Veteran Business Resource Center, where he provides business advising to help veterans navigate the entrepreneurial journey.

"Small Business ownership gives you a high sense of identity, a high sense of purpose. And what I'm loving about what I'm seeing here is we can form a really strong commute community of veterans subs."

By embracing the winning mindset of a construction champion, Leonardo Oliveira has carved out a unique path in the industry, blending his military experience with a robust business strategy. His story serves as an inspiration for aspiring construction entrepreneurs, highlighting the immense potential for veterans to thrive in this dynamic field.

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Discovering the Winning Mindset of a Construction Champion


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