Interview with Marshall Wilkinson (@realmarshallwilkinson)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I didn’t have a choice; as a 2nd generation contractor/construction manager, my goal was to carry the torch of my family name in the high-stakes world of construction and development at the highest level. I wanted to show the world and my family that I could and would be the best in the business. I had a chip on my shoulder and something to prove.
Can you share the most interesting story you have had since you started doing this?
I have so many stories, and my business has allowed me to do business with and be around very smart and powerful people, and that has forced me to make sure I’m always operating at the best level I can, sharp as a tack.
Which tips would you recommend to your industry colleagues to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
You “burned out” because you haven’t had enough victories to refuel the tank. “Burn out” occurs when there is stagnation, accumulated losses, and a lack of belief that growth and victory are possible. Avoid “burn out” by trying new things in business, adding new revenue streams, and changing your approach while pushing for growth and the next horizon. Take credit for your wins along the way; no matter how small, you’ll prevent “burn out.”
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person you are grateful to who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I’m grateful to my Father for setting the pace and leading by example. His flawless reputation helped open doors for me, no question about it. I also want to thank Nick, Keith, and Kurt Feldmann for the opportunity they afforded me and the responsibilities they gave me at Eldor, which allowed me to flourish and reach my potential as an executive and businessman.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I currently mentor budding entrepreneurs and contractors and hold their hands to navigate the waters of business effectively. I host a daily business zoom meeting called Power Hour Mon – Fri 8am – 9am est. The call is a game-changer for all who attend.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Wherever you go, there you are” this quote packs a serious punch. In my early 20’s, trying to figure out what I’m going to do with my future and having experienced a few setbacks; I, like most people, blame the event, the circumstance, or other people, for the reason things aren’t working out while being envious of others that have it working out. This quote was told to me by a mentor who hit me like a ton of bricks. The grass is greener on the other side because you ain’t there. Wherever you go, you are, and until you change and take responsibility, the grass will never be green. Huge learning lesson.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
On Instagram realmarshallwilkinson and YouTube: Marshall Wilkinson
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Over $2.5 Billion in Construction Contracts before the age of 40.