This blog is meant strictly to be a personal writeup of experiences and thoughts only, and serves no other inheritance purpose, nor has any exact audience. I write with a blunt tone and with often, disagreeable life philosophies that some admire, but some cringe at.
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). My age is often questioned, as I was complete 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 22.
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 other men want: nice cars, nice houses, to own a huge portfolio of diversified businesses and investments, to travel, and to retire early. I think most people want these things, but some are more serious than others.
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 and had correlated depression problems. BC had little economic opportunity unless you had connections from being a rich Asian child or trust fund baby. Now my plan is to finish my apprenticeship and using that, moving forward in the oil patch. It is easier to make money when you are young and single.
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.