I have had many conversations with friends about the lack of enthusiasm for their work. I find I cannot relate to their situation. At an early age I was introduced to building. My dad would give me a jar of nails and I would sit and hammer them into a piece of timber. He would put me on an orbital sander and I would sand down a table top he was building and I loved every minute of it. In both primary and high school I would fake sickies to have my dad come pick me up and I would finish the day at work with him doing all kinds of property maintenance. When at school, all I wanted to do was woodwork. If we were building a square box, I would build a octagonal box complete with colonial skirtings, I would then take it home, stain it with a nice furniture stain and take it back to school as a masterpiece. The other kids never stood a chance at getting an A grading.
People noticed my love for timber and somehow an apprenticeship in carpentry was offered to me in grade 11. I jumped at it and started working full time at the age of 16. It wasn’t long after when I was appointed the leading hand position for the onsite works of relocating brand new homes to mining communities, installing the foundations, liaising with huge trucks, 200 tonne cranes and finishing off the homes once landed, all at the age of 17. I finished my apprenticeship early at age 19 and straight away started working for myself subcontracting to another building company. I was eager to learn more. A few years passed and I learned of a course which would expand on my knowledge of the construction industry. I signed up and soon earned myself a builders license which would lead me to creating my building company Whydee Constructions and here I am now building inspiring homes and still loving what I do as much, if not more than that little kid sanding dad’s tables.
What I tell my friends when the topic arises is that all I ever did was do what I loved doing and the rest just fell into place. The people, the opportunities, the journey will arise through your enthusiasm, creativity and inspiration for simply doing what you love and doing it well.
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