“You should write a blog about that,” said Vanessa.
“Ahh, it would just sound like I am blowing my own trumpet… ‘me-me-me!'”
“Just write it to show what someone can achieve in ten years.”
So here goes. Sorry if it does sound like trumpet-blowing. It isn’t intended to be like that. I simply hope it can inspire a little.
The thought I had expressed to Vanessa was prompted by going to visit my previous employers, Jenny and Dennis Jones, yesterday evening here in Perth, Australia. I used to work as an assistant manager at Jenny Jones Rugs, a high-end rugs and home furnishing store in Perth’s western suburbs. I resigned from the job ten years ago, almost to the day.
“I haven’t done much in the last ten years”
“Ten years seems to have flown by. Here I am back in Perth again. I haven’t done much in the last ten years.” I joked to Vanessa this morning.
My big change in direction in 2006 had been prompted by a difficult separation from by wife, and I felt that a new challenge in life would help me move on. I had done some truck driving lessons, and having received my Heavy Goods Vehicle license, I was ready to look for work in Australia’s lucrative mining industry.
So here is a condensed version of what I have done since that day ten years ago.
As I applied for mining jobs I found some part time work chopping firewood at minimum wage. It had slowly become apparent that I wasn’t going to secure a job in Perth, as I had no previous experience. On 4th July 2006 I packed some clothes in my car and drove out to the desert mining town of Kalgoorlie. I had a job within 48 hours, driving an amazing machine called a slag hauler. Five weeks later I strated my training to drive a monster truck in a gold mine.