21 days straight at work? Sure... why not?

in #life2 years ago (edited)

There's been a few twists and turns this year

My posting frequency has been a little low of late, and there's a few reasons for this.

The main one is that I don't like writing when I'm not feeling positive. And the past few months have been a little challenging to say the least.

My business hasn't been fairing well, and I'm a little over it to be honest. I feel like I've had enough of the ups and downs of business, which tend to be more downs than ups. So it felt like it was time to move on from the business and go back to my old career.


I've advertised my business for sale, and have someone who wants to buy a majority share of the business which would allow me to retain some level of ownership and hopefully recoup some of my losses once he and his team grow the business to its potential. Which is something I couldn't do on my own. This also gives me the chance to move on and find employment again.

So for the last few weeks I've been looking for employment back in the mines. It's not something that I really wanted to do again, but with the prospect of getting back onto site and having a regular income, I'm becoming more fond of the idea every day.


The problem is, however, that I have been out of the industry for a few years now so it's proving hard to get my foot back in the door. I've had a couple of interviews, but it seems that I'm quite rusty and haven't been performing to my old standard at these interviews. Once upon a time, I rarely failed at being offered positions after the first interview but, wow, how times have changed. Interviewing is not at all like riding a bike.

And with my funds drying up, and job prospects being few and far between, I find myself looking at jobs that I never would have looked at before.

  • I'm looking at taking roles in some of the remote places in Australia, that would require me to move to a small country town again and live away from my wife for most of the year.
  • I'm looking at insane rosters that will also keep me away from my wife for extended periods of time. These rosters would be 3 weeks on and 1 week off, and are also in some incredibly remote locations.
  • I'm looking at roles that I did almost 10 years ago, but weirdly pay close to what I earned in the years before I bought my business.

And why am I looking at these positions? Mostly because I need fast money. My business has drained my accounts. I literally have less than nothing to my name. So, as sad as it is, this year is closing with me needing to take some drastic measures to recoup losses and essentially get back on my feet.

The way I see it, 12 months of work in a role that keeps me away from my loved ones for extended periods of time may be the best way to get back on my feet and back into the industry that will allow me to become financially stable once again.

I know it's going to suck, and it could potentially lead to the temporary destruction of my mental health again, but I don't feel like I have any choice in the matter. I dug this hole so its time to find my way back out of it.

My main concern is how this change will affect my wife. She's the most patient and loving person I know, but I know she's going to hate me doing a 3:1 roster. She'll never complain, but she won't need to. She'll find the roster just has hard as I will. But I guess we'll just have to deal with it if it comes to this.


So my dream right now is that one of the better roles that I've applied for become more than a faint glimmer of hope. And I really hope that one of these positions will allow us to move back to South Australia where our family live. But at the end of the day, the first step is to get out of this financial pit that I have fallen into. And from there we can make better plans for the future.

Anyway, this is why I don't like posting while life is being all difficult and stuff. Let's hope for positive news in the very near future!


Working the mines seems like a very hard job. Have you cut your expenses? Seems like you could get an easier job although I have heard working in the mines does pay well.

The mines can pay very well which is why I prefer to go back there again. We're always cutting expenses in the gym. I have a method for severely cutting expenses up my sleeve but if I did it the business would be completely different. And that's kind of why I'm bringing in a business partner.

I wouldn't go back to just any job. It would need to be career related. And the mines is where I built my career before owning a business. There's work out there. I'm just a very impatient person. I want to see solutions now rather than wait for them to arrive.

Only had time to read half the post because i'm off to my job.. :(
Entrepreneur life.. The hustle never ends. at least you accomplished something regardless of the end result and you learned a great deal. You dont need luck so I wont wish you it because you have all the drive and motivation to be successful through hard work!

Yeah I don't regret the move into business ownership. I just wish it could end in a more positive way. I'm glad I was able to experience it though.

Sorry to hear your business didn't go as you planned. I have been there myself. For me, the rust rubbed off and I got back into a groove. I think things will work out OK for you. Please, feel successful for venturing out on your own. Most successful people have learning experiences some label as failures before making it work.
For myself, I look forward to the interesting posts you can make about remote mines and the fascinating workings.
Head up, Steem on!

Thanks mate, I appreciate the kind words. Personally, I think I'll need some time away from self employment before I ever consider it again.

Right now the idea of setting up passive or semi passive income streams seems much more attractive.

Thankfully, I received a call for an interview today for a position that I really like the look of. It will mean moving to a small town in regional Victoria, but I could simply live there during the week and drive back to Melbourne every weekend.

Please keep us posted with outcome.
And I still look forward to learning more about the mines you will work in.

Hey, @mazzle.

Even if you'd rather not write when things are not as positive as they should be, at the very least, I appreciate the update. I was hoping you'd be working somewhere by now. I'm wondering if your heart is in it, though, even if your brain is saying it's needful. Or vice versa.

Having spent 13 of 16 months away from my wife when I was attending college, I can attest that I would never do it again. However, that's after doing it out of what I thought was at the time necessity.

So, I don't know what to say here, other than you do what you need to do when you feel you need to do it. I do believe that things do eventually improve. Sooner or later. It's just getting through to the later part that can be a major pain.

Hey, my heart is in returning to the industry, maybe not the insane rosters though.

I went for a job recently that would have been perfect. But I wasn't offered it after being down to the last 2 people in the running. That was incredibly frustrating as my whole family were excited to see me in a job that was back in my home town. And I honestly thought that I had the job.

I think we'd be OK if I was working away for 12 months. We'd only have 1 week out of every month together but we'd pull through. If I move into that type of position then we'd really have to map out a plan for getting into something new and hitting some big financial targets as quickly as possible.

Wow... That sounds like my hubby could of written that! He's 49, our business struggling, and there's slim picking for employment!

Get a second job said some twit this morning on the news. Can't even find the first one!!

I'm feeling your pain mate...we're struggling with paying our small mortgage at the moment.....

I hope something comes your way soon, and cheers Darlene :)

Hey, thanks for stopping by. There's work out there for people with my qualifications thankfully. It's just landing the right job that won't make my wife utterly miserable.

One of the things that is sticking in my mind right now, and probably my wife's mind as well, is that we've just seen a close friends marriage break down after the husband refused to find a job on a different roster. He works a 4 week on, 1 week on roster and has done for years. When his wife asked him to find a better roster he refused and now they're filing for divorce. We don't want to put our marriage under strain for a job but I think if we viewed a job like that as a short term fix to a difficult position then we'd be OK.

I hope your situation improves soon!

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Thanks for the update and hope you find a great job to get back on your feet.

I am a wife and actually used to business fails. More then one man involved:) I'd say you are going to handle this, only talk openly about the separation if this is going to happen to the two of you.

What questions should be asked and answered in this process?

If you both stay calm this is going to help you to overcome another tough time.

From me and here I wish you the very best.

The wife and I are pretty solid so I don’t think there’s any real chance that this business failure will destroy us.

I’m working through the complexities of the business sale now. And some decent positions are opening up for me to apply for as well which gives me hope.

It’s great to hear from you. I’m glad to see you’re still posting on Steemit. :)

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