I love this time of the year, it is April which means the start of the golf season in Central NY and also for the past few years it has meant that Deadliest Catch is on. It starts April 10 this year on the Discovery Channel.
It’s all the same, only the names will change
Everyday it seems we’re wasting away
Another place where the faces are so cold
I’d drive all night just to get back home.
I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride
I’m wanted dead or alive
Wanted dead or alive
Sorry, I was a little excited. There is a lot that we can learn from the men on the Deadliest Catch. First there is no greater love than love of your family. These men go out on the edge of the world to fish in some of the harshest weather imaginable to provide for their families. I am sure there are some that like doing it, but many are doing it to provide for their families.
Secondly, I find it rather amazing what some people will do to earn some money. At the end of the season they show the totals per person on the boats and some of them are 20-30k for a month or 2 months of work. That is great money, if you don’t mind working 1047 hour days.These men are making great money away from their families: what amount is sufficient to spend half a year away from your child? You miss the important things in your child’s life because you are out earning money to support you family. For me the answer is simple, I couldn’t leave my children for any length of time no matter the money. Do you have an exciting career that your life is on the line daily? What do you think about leaving your children in search of money to support the family?
Lastly, there is no such thing as a quick buck. Sure if you look on paper these men make a lot of money, but not knowing what they are going through on a daily basis it is easy to pass judgment. I have seen bloggers come into the industry hoping to make a quick buck by putting an ad on their site and hoping people click on it. I hate to burst their bubble but it is not that easy. I had no idea the amount of time that went into blogging when I first started. I would browse personal finance websites; I had no idea about what went into the actual design of a website. I had used PowerPoint before it was drag and drop not web design it is CSS, RSS, HTML, .Php, wp-admin my mind was on overload. Forget about bringing people to your site that is a work in process that hopefully I will master at some point.
Occasionally, I will let you into my background but here is a piece as it relates to this post. I used to work as a blue collar worker during my college days. I found the work rather mundane, but I enjoyed being out in the sun and working in the fresh air. Now I am confined to an office that recirculates the same air, with no windows, using an old computer to perform complex excel functions. When I was a blue collar worker, I would come home and my body would be tired because of lifting all day, now I come home and I am mentally tired from evaluating formulas. I haven’t decided which is worse! Sometimes I wish I could go back to a high paying manual labor job that was relatively stable that I enjoyed doing. Maybe someday I will become an entrepreneur and blend those two.
When you reflect on where you have been, where would you like to go with your career or dreams?