As anyone who has ever broken any kind of record (not counting the horrible singers out there), the list of ingredients that went into their success is long. This list could include things like Hard Work, Diligence, Confidence, Persistence, Faith etc. It could also have things like Luck and Fluke and Wild Guesses but that certainly isn’t the case here.
I wanted to share a story of success today because I was involved in a monumental record being broken. Since starting my career as a Drilling Consultant, there has been over 100,000 wells drilled in Western Canada of which I have been involved in probably 500; thats over 6 years. I couldn’t find a concrete number of how many oil/gas wells have been drilled in Western Canada throughout the history of the oil patch but I am sure it has surpassed 1 Million.
While I believe there are better ways to produce propulsive energy out there, technology has not been made it economical to transcend the use of non renewable fossil fuels in producing it. And, since it is my goal one day to have my own space ship, I will participate in the extraction of oil and gas in one way or another until a more efficient source of energy reveals itself. I love Energy….kind of fits because we are all made of pure light in the most basic form!
This story begins with a man that some find offensive but once you get to know him, you can’t help but see the timeless qualities he possesses that are all geared towards Ultimate success. This is the type of guy that, if he cleaned toilets or recycled bottles for a living, would be the best damned toilet cleaner or bottle picker on this planet. His Diligence and dedication to service is unparalleled. He is our Drilling Superintendent. The Drilling Superintendent is supposed to be the Drilling Guru in every company. The guy with the most experience and the one everyone looks to for answers when shit goes down.
When drilling a well, several areas must be optimized so that things are done in a timely fashion. In any given hour, the cost of service approaches $2500/hr so every minute, hour or day you save is huge. People come to us to help them drill wells as fast as possible without sacrificing the safety of the people in the field.
On this particular occasion, on a well that I had planned, we were expected to drill a horizontal well using 4 or 5 drill bits in the lateral (where we are drilling sideways in the prospective zone) portion of the well with each bit averaging ~5m/hr. Every time we pull a bit out of the ground, it would’ve cost us ~$55,000 just in downtime to replace the bit including the price of a new bit.
On several occasions people in the field wanted to pull our first bit for whatever reason and our Drilling Superintendent said No. He did not let their own Fears dictate how he would run his ship. He truly believed that the bit would go all the way in one shot. He has put in the 10,000 hours that it takes to become an expert. In fact, he has probably put in 40,000 hrs. He researched the bits in the area. He sought counsel from others with similar experience. He has surrounded himself with like minded individuals. He remembered his experiences…his failures and success. He had the Confidence and Faith in his own decisions and Intuition to stand with Courage when he could’ve easily given into the Fear portrayed by the naysayers. When things got tough and everyone around him was saying the same thing, he could’ve compromised and gave in but he truly believed that the one lonely bit would reach it’s goal. As luck would have it, it just so happened that this new bit had new technology that came out just months previous to drilling this well, but without the Confidence, Faith, Persistence and Intuition of our Drilling Superintendent, there is no way that bit would’ve made it all the way.
What ended up happening is that we drilled more hours with a PDC bit than anyone has ever done in Western Canada…EVER. In over 1 Million instances, We have transcended all other benchmarks!
While the Specifics of this story probably will not apply to 98% of the people that read this, the Principles certainly will. If you have a Goal or a Dream that you want to reach or become reality, believe with all your being that it is possible. Have Confidence that it will happen before you reach your first milestone. Have Faith that you will acquire the necessary skills along your path to help further your progress. Show Persistence when things get frustrating and the light at the end of the tunnel goes dim. Don’t give into the Fear that others feel for your outlandish endeavors; they do not understand your unwavering Belief. And last but certainly not least, listen to your Intuition because that is God/The Universe speaking to you, coaching you along and showing you the path.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
All About the Love!
Mad Dawg Mills