A Little Bit About MeMy Life and Business Philosophy
So who am I and why should you consider me to make your home sparkle?
Let me tell you a little about myself. My name is Mark Whyte and I am a window cleaner living on the Mornington Peninsula in a seaside town called Mount Martha. I run a one man window, gutter, and solar panel cleaning company called Big Blue Window Cleaning.
All my work is close to my home, close to my beautiful wife and 3 very young boys Ben, Sam, and Jack aged 6,4,and 1. I start work at 9am and always finish before 5pm, 5 days/wk. I ride my mountain bike 3-5 days per week and take regular holidays with my family. I am not writing this to brag or pump up my ego, I have worked very hard to get to this point.
I am 44 years old and originally come from Canada. I grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, and moved to Banff in the Rocky Mountains after graduating from Bishop’s University in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Economics.
I lived a life of envy in the mountains, skiing 200+ days/year (it helped that I worked at a ski resort), climbed mountains, and really lived life day to day. The life of a ski bum worked for me. I did this for 12 years and I was really good at it. I was strong, fit, and really happy.
In the summers, I ran a window cleaning called Whytey’s Window Cleaning that did really well. It supported my lifestyle and made me happy. I met the girl of my dreams in 2002, aged 30 and life couldn’t get any better, and in one split second, the unthinkable happened.
I was cleaning windows at the top of my 7-meter ladder on a warm December day in Canmore, Alberta in 2005. I remember it so clearly. I had my headphones on and was listening to The Tragically Hip (an iconic Canadian band) I was reaching to scrape a fleck of paint off the glass and my ladder slipped ever so slightly. Enough to make me lose my balance and think out loud “oh shit”. I spotted my landing threw my ladder to the side so as not to land on it and jumped.
Unfortunately, I was cleaning a house that was just built and the ground was a frozen mass of construction debris (rocks, frozen earth, ice, etc.) so when I finally landed (it seemed an eternity in the air) there was no give in the ground at all. My bones didn’t stand a chance.
Upon impact, my left femur broke cleanly at the neck where the femur meets the hip, my navicular bone in my right foot shattered into 50 pieces, and my left elbow, which struck the ground first, was completely shattered. My life changed for the better that day. Falling off that ladder was the best thing that has ever happened to me. SAY WHAT! I bet you weren’t expecting that.
You see even though I had to endure multiple surgeries, months of rehab to learn to walk again. After 3 screws, pins and wires were added to my broken body, 4 months from the date of the fall, I was back cleaning windows. It took a lot of mental fortitude to make such a quick return, but I’m stubborn, so it wasn’t that hard for me. Plus I had the support of a loving woman who took care of me when I couldn’t walk for months. I owe her my life.
Why was that horrific fall the best thing that ever happened to me you ask? Well, later the next year, I sold Whytey’s to an employee for $40,000, sold our house, packed all our possessions into 10 duffle bags and moved to Australia, Tami’s country of birth. The rest, as they say, is history.
Why did we leave our little life in the mountains when things were going so well? I’m not sure and I still don’t know. I guess I was kind of pulled this way (also, I was sick of the cold weather making my bones ache and my eyelashes stick together!)
We settled in Mount Martha, Victoria, I started Big Blue that year and I am now living the life of my dreams all over again. We have 3 children, our house is nearly paid off, I feel fit and healthy, I feel stronger mentally and physically than ever before.
It all comes down to one simple reason. It is so simple and instinctual, that I didn’t think anything of it. The reason is this: I can attribute my current life, the current state of my business to the simple fact that “I consciously decided to continually make it better”. What does this even mean? Simply put, I am continually learning and growing. My life and business are a work in progress. A continual and lifelong process where I am researching, studying, developing, and constantly striving to make it better and to serve my customers at the highest level I can.
If you think we may be a good fit, please give me a call. I would love to meet you and possibly take care of your cleaning needs. Until then, have a great day,