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Adam, “The Serial Breaker”, Australia
When you meet Adam, you learn one thing very quickly – he is passionate about skiing. After having been an instructor in the Colorado Rocky Mountains in the United States for years, Adam found the woman of his dreams and settled down back in his native Australia. Fearing that he would have to give up his life skiing as he knew it, his wife suggested that he continue his connection with his passion in a new and innovative way. Adam had taken a job as a groundskeeper at a golfing course in the northern Sydney suburbs. Working with his boss, Adam arranged to have six weeks off every year to be able to return to Colorado to ski, and most years, continue teaching. Adam says, “If your wife is happy and your employers are happy on both ends, you’ve got to go with it.”
Adam returns to Colorado annually and is able not only to reconnect with his passion in life year after year, he gets to reconnect with old friends who worked beside him at the ski resorts. Adam finds the time reinvigorating and has provided him with the bridge he needed to maintain balance between his old and new life. Why does he do it? “It’s part of who I am, my history. I can’t sever it.” Following his example, Adam says he now knows of almost 30 other ski instructors that are doing the same thing.
His advice to people thinking about a career break? “You need to support your lifestyle and your family. It’s a tough thing. Luckily we live now rather than in our parents’ time when attitudes about work style were different.”
Adam returns from his career break year after year to his supportive family (and his career) in northern Sydney.