Please mark your calendars for these must-attend events!
The Utah Chapter of the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau (NCPWB) is up and running and accepting applications for membership from contractor members. The UMCA Board of Directors has approved the association to underwrite the $250 initiation fee for all new members. Subsequently, the amount due at the time of application are the membership dues - currently $450. Membership in the NCPWB can bring many benefits to members including access to qualified welding and brazing procedures, reducing the risk of non-compliance, access to qualified welders nationwide, and access to technical experts in welding and brazing, and more. To download the application to join the NCPWB, please click here. To learn more about the NCPWB, please click on the NCPWB tab above or visit the National NCPWB website here._READ_MORE
The Utah Career Center (UCC) will host the Region 5 Apprenticeship Contest this month on June 10th and 11th, 2015. All UMCA Members are invited to stop by the contest and bring key employees and select end-users to see the contest first-hand. If you are interested in bringing guests to the contest, please contact Will Nickell at 801-295-6198. Additionally, the UCC is still accepting donations of time or money to help with the contest.
Apprentice Applications are almost full for the Fall semester and the UCC is encouraging companies who have any metal trades or other employees they would like to recommend for apprenticeship to have those individuals complete their applications as soon as possible. Additionally, if the companies feel so inclined, they can write a letter of recommendation on behalf of an applicant. The UCC will be accepting applications through the end of July. Applications can be picked up at the UCC.
Finally, the UCC is still looking for volunteers to be class evaluators for the Fall semesters. Requirements for being a class evaluator are that the individual attend an orientation meeting and then attend one class two separate times throughout the semester. If you are interested in being a class evaluator for the Fall, please contact Will Nickell at 801-295-6198.
As many are aware, the UMCA and UA Local 140 have secured the services of Blomquist Hale Consulting to provide counseling services to all employees and their dependents to allow them to receive the help they need. Blomquist Hale offers services and counseling for items ranging from family and marital counseling to drug and alcohol counseling to stress, anxiety, or depression counseling and more. This benefit is FREE to all Local 140 Members and their dependents and UMCA contractor employees and their dependents. Employees need not get their insurance through the Utah Pipe Trades to be eligible to use the benefit. For more information on the services provided through Blomquist Hale, please visit their website or call them at 801-262-9619 to find a location near you._READ_MORE
During the month of April, the UMCA received the chapter number and plaque for the Utah Chapter of the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau (NCPWB). At this time, membership in the Utah Chapter of the NCPWB is now open to all UMCA Contractor Members. Membership in the NCPWB brings with it a wealth of benefits including access to qualified welding and brazing procedures, reducing your risk of non-compliance, allowing you access to qualified welders nationwide, providing you access to technical experts in welding and brazing, and more. The UMCA is underwriting the initiation fee of $250 for all contractor members who would like to join the NCPWB. Subsequently, the amount due at the time of application is the amount of membership dues, which is currently the prorated to be $450. To download the application to join the NCPWB, please click here. To learn more about NCPWB, please click on the NCPWB tab above or visit the National NCPWB website here._READ_MORE
I was a guest on a radio show and everything was going well (in my case "well" means I hadn't said anything that made me to cringe) when the host said, "One last question."
Cool, I thought, already patting myself on the back. That went really well.
"You've talked to hundreds of successful people," she continues. "So tell me: What one question does every successful person ask him or herself?"
Crap. One? I quickly rifled through my mental file cards. "What is the real problem I will solve," maybe? "How can I delight customers?" "Is there a viable market?"
Ugh. All I could think of were clichés.
So I punted and stammered through something goofy like, "Since every individual is unique then every person asks different questions so there could never be just one single question every successful person asks him or herself..." and what had been a decent appearance staggered to a painful close.
I thought about it for the next few days. Is there one question every successful person asks?
Finally it hit me.
Success -- no matter what the endeavor -- is difficult to achieve. We all fail sometimes. When we do, it's easy to get discouraged and out of (however momentary) self-pity ask ourselves questions like, "Why doesn't my boss recognize my unique talents?" "Why don't I ever get the opportunities other people get?" "Why aren't my friends more supportive?" "Why can't I ever catch a break?"
In short: "Why me?"
Every successful person asks him or herself a different question:
"Why not me?"
Entrepreneurs will start a restaurant in the same location where five other restaurants have gone out of business; those other guys may not have succeeded -- but why not me? Entrepreneurs will start a software company with nothing but an idea; sure, the competition has deep pockets and a huge market share -- but why not me? Hard-working professionals will look at all the people with more experience, more education, and better networks and think, "Okay. Fine. But why not me?"
Successful people don't assume other successful people possess special talents or some gift from the gods. They look at successful people and think, "That's awesome. Why not me?"
By asking that question, they embrace belief and ignore self-doubt. They put aside any feelings that they might not be smart enough, or experienced enough, or adaptable enough.
At some point every successful person looks in the mirror and says, "Sure, lots of other people don't succeed..." and then turns the question into a bold statement, "But why not me," because more than anything, they believe in themselves.
So here's an even better question. Why not you?