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New Year. New You. 10 Top Tips on Becoming a Better Sparkie in 2016

New Year. New You. 10 Top Tips on Becoming a Better Sparkie in 2016

Posted by Leonie Ferrer on 14th Jan 2016

It’s easy to talk about New Year Resolutions. Whether it’s losing weight, getting fitter or focusing more on your personal development we’ve all been there. Mid-January arrives, the gym sessions start to drop off and we appease ourselves with a big bacon sanger to fill the self-indulgent disappointment. Talking about it is ALWAYS the easiest part.

When it comes to personal development however it’s imperative that we stay on top of our game. If you want to be the first choice go to electrician or business then it’s time to think about how you’re going to get there.

Here are ten top tips on how to be a better you in 2016.

  • 1.Discipline

Discipline is something that most people are aware of, yet very few choose to exert it into their everyday lives. The most successful sparkies choose discipline on a daily basis.

Great success does not come without great sacrifice: To be a great and inspiring leader, you must constantly show restraint. Not giving into something you truly want is a sign of strength. Making the right decisions in life can make or break you, and this type of person tends to make the right decisions. Next time you’re tempted to duck your head in the sand and ignore your responsibilities have a think about how this would affect your bottom line and rise. You’ll feel ten times better when you look upon your decision in hindsight.

  • 2.Leads, Leads, Leads

Looking for more work and additional chances to shine? The answers lie in your overall output, strategy, resources and organisation. Is your database clean, complete, and current? Are you working to build on your current relationships? Bringing in more leads could involve anything from reaching out to existing customers or re-defining your marketing strategy. Make a plan and make it happen. An extra pair of hands could potentially treble your overall investment.

  • 3.Shine

The best leaders shine from within. A big smile and personable approach goes a long way. Being able to lead and observe others and intuit what they’re thinking is an incredible skill to have on a worksite and will make you stand out above the rest. Which leaders inspire you the most and how do they affect you on an emotional level? Emotional intelligence, kindness, respect and honesty are just a few of the qualities great leaders possess. What are your greatest qualities and how can you let them shine?

  • 4.Stay on Top of your Game

We’re slap bang in the middle of the information age and technology is changing all the time. Because of this it is vitally important to keep up-to-date with developments to ensure you’re following the best practices. You can do this by reading industry magazines, keeping up with the changes in the codes and rules relevant to your career and staying abreast of changes in health and safety standards.

  • 5.Treat Every Day as a New Day

It may seem obvious, but treating each day as something to truly treasure will improve your outlook on life, enable you to learn more rapidly and speed up your progress. When we treat every day as if it’s our last we find special happenings in the ordinary and begin to see the new and exciting opportunities life has in hold for us. Dream big, laugh lots and be grateful for where you are. Every day is a new day!

  • 6.Learn From Your Team.

The minute you think you know everything is the moment you fail. Life is a continuous learning process and the best sparkies learn from the more experiences players on the field who can pave the way for them to become the best they can be. Professional development for any leader is critical, so why not leverage the amazing talent you’ve hired/work with and learn from them? The art of being humble is an attractive quality.

  • 7.Specialise or Generalise?

Do you want to be the local neighbourhood hero or the first go to contractor for the large commercial projects? Perhaps you want to make wireless lighting control installations your thing and focus on becoming the best at your craft. A residential electrician will have the expertise to handle any installation, maintenance or upgrade of electrical systems in a home or in the outdoor landscape. Commercial electricians have the expertise necessary to work on construction sites and on mechanical electrical systems. Whatever your area, it’s helpful to know that those that specialise in niche areas tend to attain better results through targeted marketing. Building contacts either in the domestic or commercial spheres will help you to gain more work and credibility.

  • 8.References

References are an excellent indication of a world class sparkie. Many potential customers will ask for references before going ahead with their decision so it is essential that you supply them with ready and reliable references who will turn your enquiry into gold! Take photos of work you are proud of and gather references for your website. Show the world your greatest achievements. They won’t know otherwise…

  • 9.Work/Life Balance

There are three types of people in this world... People who don’t want to work, those who work to live and those who live to work. If you have found the silver lining in your career as an Electrician and you find yourself pouring more and more energy into it then we salute you! But remember that all of the success that work brings you cannot be thoroughly enjoyed if you do not also balance it out with your other passions. Whether that’s time with family or loved ones or an adrenalin sport you’ve always wanted to pursue, don’t forget to bring your extra spice into your personal life! You’ll be walking into work with a bounce in your step knowing why you do what you do with purpose and clarity. Go get it tiger.

  • 10.Preparation is Key

Organisation is the key to success and that begins with your project requirements. Got a large LED lighting project on? Industrial powerhouse? As the saying goes it’s better to have too much rather than be lacking when it comes to the real deal. If you live in Australia and you’re looking for big savings on LED lights, flood lights and much more then you came to the right place. Visit our website at and apply for a trade discount with us on

Until then, stay cool Australia!