Originally I was a 4th year university student at UBC with a Math and Economics major (Initially I was acquiring commerce courses to transfer into Sauder, but my admission revoked because I opted to remain in Alberta). I completed a bit north of 3 years of university by the time I was 19. I was an early graduate from high school and took up to a 140% courseload during my earlier university years, and always took summer classes. At the time of writing, I’m 24.
Then I had this idea of coming to Alberta for an oil patch job to make money and go home, so I put all my belongings in my car and drove it to Alberta, and I have been here ever since.
My work began in some labour work up in Fort McMurray. Unfortunately going up there with no skill set proved to be only a financial loss and a blow to morale, so I ended up working on the service rigs until Spring Breakup. From there on I’ve moved on to a construction role in Edmonton as I finished my Class 1. Later 2014, I assisted in running a hydrovac unit before hauling heavy equipment and water in-town until that winter, where I then I ran vacuum and water trucks for pipeline and rig work. Nowadays I’m in trucking either on the road or in an oilsands plant while trying to find gigs pulling cable on the side.
If you asked me what I wanted to do with my life… to be blunt, I want what many others want: nice cars, nice houses, to own a huge portfolio of diversified businesses and investments, to travel, and to retire early. Not much divergence compared to the common person’s wishes. However, there is a difference between actually pursuing a dream than just thinking about it. Most dream, but few actually fight for the dream.
But throughout my experiences I learned that you don’t always get what you want, and also learned to play the best with the cards that are handed to you. Originally I wanted a very high level of education, and wanted some sort of financial corporate role, something in investment banking, or something in law.
Though my story is difficult to summarize, a brief attempt would be to say the past 3 years have dramatically altered my plans, through various life events. I went through some bad women who interfered with my studies and morale. I didn’t get along with my family. BC had little economic opportunity unless you were born into Old Money or a wealthy immigrant or foreign family, especially given the extreme living costs and little, low-paying industry.
My current strategy is to finish my apprenticeship and using that, moving forward in the oil patch to increase my earning power to further grow my portfolio. Hopefully one day it will have grown enough to not be dependent on working for someone else anymore. It is easier to make money when you are young and single. Overall, my current strategy involves 6 weapons of battle:
(1) Oilfield trucking income.
(2) Road Construction income.
(3) Self-employment (contractor) income of the above plus that of various city work.
(4) Investment income.
(5) Rental income.
Where at least 4/6 are all working together at the same time to maintain adequate cashflow. If I am performing road construction one moment, but the work suddenly dries up, I pick up the phone and immediately jump to either oilfield trucking work, and/or self-employment income (#3) to prevent a fall into the red.
My Class 1 will open me to various job opportunities as a fallback, and will earn me money along the way before I have progressed far enough in my apprenticeship to be making more than I would trucking.
Strangely enough, I can say I’ve had more experience in “finance” playing with stocks and trying to micro-manage my oilfield money, versus being in school.
I enjoy working out and seeing new places. I almost religiously train semi-daily- daily if I can. It is a very large part of my life. I used to be into photography at one point as well. Nowadays I just lift weights, work, and dream about one day having my empire of investments.