In my opinion there are times during my life when it was more important and made more sense to have a ‘job’ than pursue a career. But before we kick off it’s important that we establish my stance on having a job, having a career or pursuing your own project or venture.
One of the comments in my last article had a crack at one line that read ‘Often having a job is a far better option as opposed to a career’. This is my opinion, and my opinion only. It went on to dismiss this statement and say we shouldn’t be getting so anti-inspirational.
I don’t resent or judge anyone, or think any less of someone that has a ‘career’ or ‘job’ or that doesn’t work for themselves, but in saying that it’s concerning how many people have jobs yet aren’t enjoying their jobs and genuinely resent it. There are plenty.
The most important thing is that you enjoy life! There are many people who aren’t on big $$$, have simple lives and are truly happy- I love meeting and seeing those people. It’s the bloke who lives on the beach who goes for a surf every morning or afternoon, and even if he won the lottery he’d still live in the beat up shack that he has an emotional attention with, or the old ex farmer that lives in the middle of nowhere and if he won the lottery he might upgrade the cruiser, but there’s no way he’d go off his XXXX gold schooners that he regularly rewards himself with at the local pub.
And I’m not talking about those people who ‘appear’ that they are living the dream through their social media channels, oh god how I resent those people, trying to keep up with the Jones’.
It was interesting reading a few comments on my previous blog, which you can read here:
One that stuck out to me was that I ‘should have invested better’. Which made me laugh. Any group of my friends would label me a tight man, ANY of them. I have no desire to keep up with the Jones’ because investing my money is a far greater priority of mine than rolling around with the most fashionable clothing, or whatever is in season. I have made some good investments, some great investments, and some disastrous investments. So overall, I’d say I’ve come out ahead.
But with this comment here in lies a massive problem that rugby players genuinely despise and is a point of huge frustration. This is one of the major reasons that I genuinely like writing articles, to give the general member of the public an insight, but also set the record straight. This perception that I have made some sort of fortune during my career, is laughable. I mean what were you thinking mate? I’d just buy a dozen or so places have them all paid off, retire, move to the beach and drink pina coladas (I’m more of a XXXX Gold, Great Northern or Betoota Bitter man, my loyalty can be bought- or supplied) watching the sunset and just live off of the passive income of my investment properties? Come on, give me a break. Did you come to that assumption because you’ve read about a few blokes who are getting paid a lot of money?
The Quade Coopers, Israel Folau and Matt Giteaus are the 5% of the professional rugby population, probably less. In a squad of 35, you might have 3 guys on big money. Consider that for the other 32, a large portion of those won’t have a career longer than 5 years. So for every player that has a well-paid and long career that lasts at least 10 years on very good money, there are plenty that don’t. But we’ll blame that on the media.
Then there was another comment on about what a 19-year-old superstar on $300 000 a year should be doing with their money, buying a sports car or building a nest egg. I can guarantee you I never came close to that money, and I don’t know too many that did. The Rugby Union player payments are being reduced, not growing. Just because the Rugby League budget is doesn’t mean there is a direct correlation. 2 different codes.
During my time at the Reds, the minimum wage was $70 000. The average contract was $175 000. Lets say someone in the squad is earning $500 000, for that to average to $175 000 there’s another 5 blokes on $110 000, or 3 blokes on $70 000. So for everyone that you read about, there are plenty whose names you will never know.
I don’t begrudge any of those players either. It all comes down to the simple business principle of supply and demand. There are obviously a lot less great players, especially playmakers, as opposed to Australian 7’s, which we seem to produce like a factory. Those blokes deserve every cent they get paid in their contract, they signed that contract when the demand was high and there were very few players that could emulate what they offered with their skillset on the market.
But a job is perfect when you’re chasing your dream job/career or starting up your own project or venture.
I had somewhat of a ‘career’ before, which had it not had been for rugby I could have still been in. I was a landscape gardener when I fist moved to Sydney and joined the Bulldogs Rugby League club and was in the Jersey Fled (under 20’s) team. I absolutely loved it, so much so that in my brief stint received 100% in all of my exams. But when I broke my leg in a game, and the boss had to let me go, which was fully understandable, I realised I had to prioritise as if I continued to try and continue that whilst trying to pursue a professional rugby career (my dream job), then they would get in the way of each other.
So I went and got some work at a bar, and also did some labouring on the side and went to university fulltime, which would allow me to be a lot more flexible with my scheduling. I went from one labouring job, to bar work, back to another labouring job, with all employers being very understanding and flexible which is something I am very grateful for.
Having a labouring job, meant I could be somewhat choosey with my employers and only work with ones that were willing to be flexible, I wasn’t required to work every day and knocking off at 3 meant I could go and catch up with the Waratahs academy coaches to do extra sessions, have meetings or do individual review sessions. That worked out pretty well for me as the following year, mainly in part due to the extra work I was doing with the academy coaches, whilst a lot of the other blokes in the academy were tied up with their jobs, I found myself earning a professional contract.
The other time that a job turned out to be pretty handy was when I first moved up to Queensland to train with the Reds, for free. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday were big days with training, generally from 8-6, and during pre season we often did Saturday mornings too. Whilst most of the other boys went in for half a day Wednesday, I wasn’t required to do this. Thankfully due to the Souths Rugby Club finding me a job at a pub in Goodna, they set me up with a very understanding owner who knew my needs and fully supported me as I pursued my rugby career. Peter Falvey, who owns the Cecil out at Goodna, lays claim to putting me back on the map (jokingly), and whilst he mightn’t have put me on the map as such he helped get me back in the mix, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without their support and the flexibility they provided me with in terms of the shifts. Wednesday was a day shift, Friday nights after training Friday afternoon and all day Saturday day and night, allowing me to recover on Sundays. Anyway that worked out pretty well for me…
So why is this job working at the Commercial in Dubbo great for me?
First of all, they are flexible with their shifts for me, as I can’t commit to Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturdays when the season starts and games are on due to my role as the Director of Rugby at the Dubbo Roos Rugby Club. The pub is actually the major sponsor, so that’s a great fit.
Now that I am also an Action Coach Business Coach (www.beaurobinson.actioncoach.com) this job is quite appealing to me as I pursue that as my new dream job.
A lot of people who have big dreams don’t put themselves out there and chase that dream because they have far too great security in their career, and aren’t willing to take the risk. I’m the opposite which is one of the most beneficial about having a job, there’s not an emotional attachment. As mentioned last week, I’m putting myself in a position where I’ve burned the boats, there’s no going back. I’ve got to make this work.
The majority of my shifts to date have been Friday nights, Saturday nights and Sundays. For 95% of the population, this is the most unproductive part of the week. Have a think about what you were doing at those times last week. This means that I can invest the majority of my time into my own passion. This includes writing this article on a Monday morning, when the majority of us are at work.
We all know the number 1 reason new businesses don’t succeed… Lack of profit or cash flow. If I were to work Friday and Saturday night from 6-12, and Sunday from 5-10, I make between $450-$500. Annually that’s $22 500- $25 000 a year.
In Dubbo where the cost of living is a lot less than in say one of the capital cities, that goes a looonngg way. This is something I would highly recommend people consider, especially if looking to pursue their dream job or project that doesn’t clash with these times, as many don’t.
I was also particularly excited to work at the Commercial as it’s clientele is very much my target market as a Business Coach, with it being very much the place to go and have a meal for professionals, business owners and members of the agricultural sector.
It’s also been very beneficial in seeing lots of people I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to catch up with had I been on a shovel or in an office. It’s been a great opportunity to connect, network and build rapport. As well as keep an eye on the Roos boys drinking there haha
As the old saying goes:
You can call me Billy Hunt, but don’t…
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