In 2009 I had the opportunity to work at a mining site in Prominent Hill South Australia. The pay was $65 and hour and I was doing 80 hour weeks so that amounted to $5200 per week. No one in their right mind would pass up an opportunity like this right? Well then there’s me. I am driven by passion, adventure and freedom. The mining job was sucking the life out of me.
The job was fly in fly out with 2 weeks on and 1 week off. When I came back home for the week I started to realise that even though I was making heaps of money, I was buying expensive things to justify the 2 weeks that I spent working away.
The first thing I purchased was a $2200 downhill mountain bike. It was a Kona Stinky Deluxe team race bike. Then it dawned on me; I could buy whatever I wanted with the money I was making but when I had to go back for the 2 weeks work, I couldn’t use any of the stuff that I bought or do anything that I wanted.
I ended up doing a couple months of work and then stopped exactly when I had earned enough money for that years tax bracket. (This way I wouldn’t end up working for the tax office.)
The point of this story is that I was earning all this money and yet I was miserable and hated the work I was doing. Money doesn’t create happiness. So go out there and find work that you love doing. Make sure you are not doing it for the money because your job should never be a means to and end, but the end in itself.