Yeah, you may be working as a laborer for a few years – but you’re earning money the whole time, and honing your skills. After all, what’s 3-5 years of devoted learning and growing, to a lifetime of successful trades work?
The other piece of advice that we’d give in this tip is to be humble. Remember that you don’t know everything. Even if you think you do, and you’re work is spot on, be humble and receive instruction.
One thing you can do during the time that you’re learning your trade is to communicate your desires, and ask good questions. Don’t be afraid to voice your desire to become a _____ someday. Without being annoying, ask from time to time what you can work on to progress to the next level. If you don’t understand a certain technique, skill, or reason for something you’re doing, ask in a humble – eager to learn – way. In the end, it’s up to you how fast you want to progress and learn the trade you’re in.
You have two main options:
You can complain, just do what you’re told, and not put any effort in – wishing you were making more money or that you were further than you are. Or, you can work hard at what you do, and ask lots of questions. Be eager to learn. Soak up knowledge. Watch the more experienced guys and gals on the job. If you approach the job (and the crew) as a humble learner, you’ll do well.