The mining life can be tough – physically, mentally and socially. Some deal with it better than others. Sadly, for some it can lead to poor health, relationship breakdown and even worse. Our guest on this episode of Full Production has gone through the dark times and come out the other side with a driving passion to make the industry better for everyone.
A self-described baggy-arsed carpenter from Nelson Bay, Paul Smith is a guy who is really connected to his why in life. Through his work as a coach, speaker and founder of Freedom In Finding Ourselves he helps others in the construction and mining industries deal with things like living away from home and family for long periods of time and in rough and isolated conditions.
In this episode he shares his story, how it changed him, and how his experience can help others in similar situations. It’s truly inspiring.
Here are some of the great insights from this episode:
- Why it’s OK to feel like shit
- His evolution from construction site manager to transformation specialist
- Going beyond drugs, debt and family breakdown
- Life lessons from a construction camp in Saudi Arabia
- Why investing in yourself is the best return you’ll ever get
- The importance of finding life beyond the work site
- Making your environment work for you
- Why you’ve got to start by questioning yourself
- How the Innovatrix process helps men without therapy
- Why you have to choose a job for the right reasons