We had the good fortune of connecting with Lenny Tim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lenny, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking is a real concern when trying to do anything worthwhile in life. there’s always risk in anything and everything you do. Personally, I’m very cautious but I know that to get anything done you have to take some risks. I think a big factor that limits most people from doing things is that they’re worried about the risk of failure. It’s not always a conscious realization, but it’s there in the back of your mind. It’s almost a natural instinct. When I worry about the risks of doing something, let’s say in the business sense, I try to not let it overtake the overall idea. There are risks and the possibility of failure in the sense that your project may not ultimately work out, but there are so many things that may work out very well. Your project may work out, you will learn things either way (which is a big one), you may meet some great people, you’ll get new ideas, etc. Ultimately I think the close relative of risk is perfection. You may think that unless everything is perfect, it’s a failure. That is the furthest thing from the truth and is a huge obstacle to doing anything worthwhile. You don’t want to do anything dangerous, but when it comes to taking risks in business, you should be cautious but confident and proactive and know that it takes many failures to get to your success and one failure will not end it all for you. It will bring you closer to success.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
When I started my AC in LA business I was completely new and fresh at it. I had done similar work for a few friends in the past and I realized it was a great service that I can provide. I also like working with my hands so it was a fun and exciting idea. When I started I didn’t know that much about running this type of business, but I pushed myself and tried not to worry about obstacles in the road. I knew I had the skills to start and I knew that I’d learn along the way. Luckily, I was able to get started small and grew from there. I pride myself on customer service. A lot of people just think about getting the job done without offering great customer service, but I focus a lot on making sure my customers feel great about their decision to hire me. I also do a great job as well and take my time. They love that.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Los Angeles is a great place and you can go anywhere and have a good time. I’m not huge on being everywhere all the time. I mainly enjoy coffee shops, book stores and good little places to eat.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There aren’t many people that have supported me but my girlfriend Paige is amazing and extremely supportive.