78: Tom Ackmann | Achieve Success by Mastering Your Craft

On today’s episode of The Edge of Excellence, our guest host Sean Phelps chats with Tom Ackmann, president of Platinum Decking and an incredible leader who set the record for the largest team ever led by a rookie District Manager at CollegeWorks.

Tom wanted to be an engineer, coming from a family of engineers, but he soon realized that was not for him and ventured into business. He now leads a company with eight-figure sales.


Tom talks about his journey from engineering to entrepreneurship.

You’ll learn more about Tom’s background, how he found out about CollegeWorks, and why he was so eager to join.

He talks about the key lessons he took away from College Works and the impact it had on his career.

You will learn why management is the most difficult skill to master.

Tom will reveal the most important lesson he learned in venture capitalism.

Join Sean and Tom as they dive into a fascinating conversation about mastering your craft and deliberate practice.


What You Will Learn In This Show:

  • Tom’s definition of excellence.
  • Why a career in engineering was not the right fit for Tom.
  • The importance of combining business with engineering.
  • What Tom considers one of the most consequential decisions he’s ever made.
  • And so much more…

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