April 3, 2008
As the title alludes, your third week of planting will be the biggest hurdle of your rookie season. The infamous third cycle is known throughout the planting world, and is marked by a peak in bitching, whining, and usually quitting. The reason, which is often overlooked by quitting rookies, is that the third week is not only when you peak in physical pain, but also in mental suffering as you battle up the learning curve. Your body has been adjusting for 3 weeks, and is just getting to the point where you will start to develop your bush legs, but not quite. Be patient. Take it from someone who’s been there, the rest day at the end of the third cycle will be the tipping point in your planting career. If you can make it to the 4th cycle, you will most likely finish the season. You will also be reaching the gradual plateau of a learning curve with a steep beginning, but slowly climbing tail.
My advice to you is to recognize that this will be your toughest week. Recognize that the pain, and mental frustration that you are experiencing this week will pass, and if you can conquer this, the most difficult of cycles, the rest of your season will be easy. The money will come, your crew will bond, and you will become a person you’ve never known before.
November 15, 2007
If you are going to be working for me as a tree planter, there are some things you need to know about me and my management style. I am a lead by example kind of guy. If you know me, you know I work hard, and it is my promise to you as my crew that I will work as hard as I can to ensure that you are always in a position to make the most money you can. As a foreman, I get paid based on how productive you are as a crew. Basically, the more money you make, the more money I make… and to be honest, I want to make lots money this season. Therefor, I will be pushing you everyday to work towards the potential that only tree planting will bring out in you. I hope to push you to reach and surpass limits you never knew you had, you may at times hate me, thats OK, your bank account however will thank me.
All that being said, tree planting is not a job for everyone. It is consistently ranked as one of the hardest jobs in Canada for a reason, it is hard work! You will on a daily basis have to overcome physical and mental stress that, if you are a rookie, you have never experienced before. As a student of psychology, I have learned ad nauseum that everyone is motivated by different things. As a veteran highballer, I can tell you that if making money is not your prime motivation for going planter, perhaps you should consider another summer job. The good times and great experiences that you hear planters talking about are usually had by those who are pounding every day and making tons of cash. DO NOT GO PLANTING FOR THE EXPERIENCE… come for the money, and the experience will take care of itself.