Paul Nicosia

New York City

“My daughter is five now, and she asked me, ‘What do you do at work?’ I didn't want to tell her, well at one point I moved toilets, at another point I talked with someone who's a set decorator for a blockbuster film, and I staged some beautiful fixture that was 200 years old, and hung it and rewired it so that people can see what it is. So I just basically said, ‘I take an old something and make it look new.’ And she said, ‘You know what I'd like to do? I'd like to take an old chair and cut off the legs and make those the legs for a table,’ and I was like, ‘Wow that's actually a really awesome idea, I'm gonna do that.’ Alright, that's number 412 on the list of things I'm gonna do.

But that's really just a small part. Most of the time I'm helping customers, and the most fun part is getting involved in people's projects, learning about what people do and networking. It's doing what you love. I don't even sit down, really. I walk around with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and talk to customers. It's more like, where did the time go? Instead of other people who count down the minutes.”

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