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Steve Griggs - "You Don't Have Any Excuses" Ep. 77

February 06, 2024 Season 2 Episode 77
Think. Live. Repeat.
Steve Griggs - "You Don't Have Any Excuses" Ep. 77
Show Notes

In this episode, host John Skomski interviews Steve Griggs, the owner of Steve Griggs Design, a landscaping and design business in New York City. Steve shares his journey of starting his business and building it into a successful brand. He discusses the importance of design in landscaping and how he approaches working with clients to create their vision. 

Steve also talks about the challenges of dealing with planning and zoning boards and the impact of major events like 9/11 and COVID-19 on his business. He shares insights on growth, referrals, and the power of publishing a book. In this conversation, Steve Gregg discusses the importance of transparency and how it has contributed to his success in the construction industry. He emphasizes the value of doing what you say you're going to do and building trust with clients. 

Steve also talks about his book, 'Straight Dirt,' which highlights the importance of honesty and straightforwardness in business. He shares his insights on the simplicity of success and the need for follow-through. Steve discusses his plans for expansion and replicating his success in different locations. He also emphasizes the importance of understanding the work and having hands-on experience. Lastly, Steve gives advice to his younger self and discusses the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship.


  • Starting a business requires hard work, dedication, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.
  • Design is a crucial aspect of landscaping, and it requires understanding the client's vision and guiding them through the process.
  • Dealing with planning and zoning boards can be challenging, but it is necessary to navigate the regulations and obtain permits.
  • Major events like 9/11 and COVID-19 can have a significant impact on businesses, but adapting and finding alternate solutions is essential for success.
  • Building a strong reputation and delivering exceptional service are key to obtaining referrals and growing a business. Transparency and honesty are key to building trust and gaining referrals in business.
  • Success in business often comes from simple principles like doing what you say you're going to do.
  • Expansion and replication can be achieved by leveraging the same core concepts and finding the right team.
  • Understanding the work and having hands-on experience is important for leading and relating to employees.
  • Continuous learning, delegation, and compartmentalization are essential for growth and success in business.

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