Staying Hungry: The Passion That Drives Perfection

The Way Up means always aiming higher.

Perfection is a paradox.

On the one hand, it’s essential. When the stakes are high, as they are in the construction business, there can be no room for flaws. Every element has to fit together perfectly and function to the highest standard because failure could mean disaster for the people whose lives and livelihoods depend on that building every day.

But at the same time, perfection is unobtainable. Because there is always room to grow and improve. A construction project can be completed faster, with better materials, or more features. Processes can be refined. Technology can develop new solutions and uncover new opportunities.

The challenge as a craftsman is no different from the challenge as a Project Manager: understanding the dual nature of perfection and being inspired to pursue it, without getting discouraged by the struggle. That isn’t easy. But it’s essential, and we’ve built much of our company culture around managing that paradox:

  • We build teams with diverse skill sets, levels of experience, and strengths. We ensure that the weight of perfection is never held by one person but instead spread across a team whose members contribute toward a common goal.
  • We celebrate our achievements. We stay humble, but we recognize a job well done and acknowledge the contributions of our workers, subs, partners, and others who put in that effort and get results.
  • We continually hone our processes. If there’s a better way to do something, we find and implement it. We learn from our challenges and create solutions and alternatives for next time.

Embracing the duality of perfection is the key to our passion as craftsmen, and it forms a cornerstone of Jaynes company culture. We face the future feeling inspired by the limitless possibility of growth and development, knowing that our shared pursuit of perfection will continue to drive us toward excellence in our work and our relationships with our team members, partners, and owners.

If You’re Not Moving Forward, You’re Losing Ground 

Someone once asked Dwayne Johnson for his secret to success. He said, “There are no secrets. Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.”

The Rock probably wasn’t thinking of the construction industry when he said that, but it certainly applies to what we do at Jaynes. As a leading general contractor in the Southwest, it’s our job to deliver the highest possible standard, and we can only get there if we’re always rising to the occasion.

Staying hungry means never being satisfied with “good enough.” It means always looking to push things a little further. It means investing in our people and processes to grow our abilities and improve on what we did before. Every step forward is also a step higher, because The Way Up means always being better than we were yesterday.