What Makes A “Real” Spray Foamer?

Have you ever felt doubt about your credibility in the spray foam industry?

Do you ever struggle to believe you’re a “real” spray foamer?…

Or a “real” business-person?…

Or a “real” _________________ (insert a quantifying label you struggle with)?

If you’ve wondered whether you’re good enough…

Or experienced enough….

Or in some other way “worthy enough” to deserve the money you charge your customers, you’re not alone.

In fact, if you’ve struggled any of these ideas, we have great news: 

You’re a human being!

Congratulations! 

The Comparison Trap

We, as humans, tend to measure our success by comparing our accomplishments with the achievements and experience of others…

Often others that are (seemingly) more successful than we currently are.

When we play the comparison game, we cheapen our own experience…

And tend to overlook the amount of time and effort the person we are envying has put into where they are.

We compare ourselves to the masters of our craft – especially when starting our spray foam journey – and forget that even the most respected among us had to learn the skills we are learning.

No one is perfect!…

And no one is born knowing how to spray foam!

Besides, each of us is unique, and we each have a role to play in our chosen industries!

Just like every doctor or librarian or restaurant owner or truck driver, no spray foamer is the same as the next.

No two anything is the same. That’s part of the joy of living!

We each bring our own talents and personalities into our professions – and when you call yourself a spray foamer, you bring all parts of you into that job.

If you’re not where you feel you “should” be, it might be worth examining where you’re trying to get to, and why

Because, in reality, if you spray foam, you’re a foamer, whether you have 2 months of experience or 20 years under your belt. 

You Are Not Your Job

No matter how much time you’ve spent doing this, there’s always more to learn. That’s just the way of things. Change is the only constant, and we all benefit from the journey, anyway.

Besides. 

Whether you’re a foamer or not, your profession does not – and cannot ever – adequately define who you are.

Foamers come in all shapes, sizes, genders, ages, races, and backgrounds, and every one of those descriptors – along with many others – plays into a person’s identity. In fact, so many variables and life circumstances shape us into who we are that it’s impossible to list them all!

No matter who you are or what your life has been like, though, what you do for a living is only one of the many things that helps you understand yourself.

Even if you care a lot about your career and put a massive amount of effort and time into your work, as many foamers do, it is still only one portion of your life.

Spray foam is not who you are.

You, in your unique wholeness, are much more than that. You’re more the money coming in, more than how your customers, family, and friends see you, and more than any success you achieve in your life.

You are an amazing being, a person with a purpose, and a valuable part of this world.

No one else can be you.

And if you’re a foamer, you’re a “real” foamer. Even if you don’t feel like it.

Because even if you feel less worthy than the next guy, that doesn’t mean you are.

You are worthy. And you deserve a fulfilling life.

Foaming can help you on your life path, wherever it may lead – and you help others every time you spray.

That’s what being a “real” foamer is all about, if you ask us.

Success is Subjective

Self-doubt is part of every profession.

As foamers, we hem and haw about the “correct” way to do things, the “best” decisions, the “right” method for application – and all of those things are part of the game, part of the process…

…but at the end of the day, you do the best you can with the tools and energy you have at your disposal. And then you learn from that experience, and use that knowledge for the next job.

Believe it or not, the “best” methods differ, anyway, based on where you are, the temperature and humidity of the day you spray, your spray hose’s heat setting, and a thousand other variables.

Sometimes the day simply isn’t right for spraying, and on those days, the “best” thing to do…is just wait until a better day arrives. Having the courage to make that call (no matter what your customer says) is part of the gig. 

Foaming asks you to know who you are and where you want to go with your business. It requires knowing both what you’re willing to sacrifice for the sake of success and what values you are committed to upholding.

Your customers will test your boundaries…so, what are those boundaries? What policies do you need to have in place to protect yourself and stay true to your morals?

Being a foamer isn’t a cake walk. You’ll have tough days, as you would in any other profession. 

It’s important, therefore, to remember why you are in this business, and to never give up on yourself, even on days when you don’t feel like the “real” foamer that you are.

Difficulties highlight opportunities for growth, and how you respond to those difficulties shows you what you’re made of.

Difficulties, therefore, are invaluable tools!

To grow as foamers, we can attend trainings, learn from our fellow foamers, prepare ourselves for the weather conditions we may encounter on a job, ensure our equipment is clean, contact our foam manufacturers for spraying guidelines, and more. There are always ways to improve, if we so choose…

And it all comes down to what we believe makes us successful.

Owning your own business means you get to define “success.” No one else can do that for you, just as no one else can set your personal goals for you. 

You make this job what it is. That’s the nature of the beast. 

So, what does being a “successful” foamer mean to you? What kind of foamer do you want to be? 

The choice is yours. Always.

Conclusion

Foaming is just another part of life that requires learning and growth. It’s okay to be a beginner!

Trust yourself and trust the process.

Regardless of where you are in your spray foam journey, you’re the real deal, friend.

We are glad to know you. And we are glad to help in any way we can.

We’re always just a call away.

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