There’s a reason Michael Sarver, a mediocre singer, lasted as long as he did on American Idol. People love his story.

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There is nothing more inspiring than a guy who one day is doing a dirty and dangerous job, and the next is following his dream — to be a singer.

If you guys don’t watch American Idol, let me tell you about Sarver.

He’s a big, thick-necked guy who was born in Sulphur, LA. He lives with his wife Tiffany with their two kids in Jaspur, TX, where he works as a roughneck.

The oil roughneck or floorman is a member of the oil drilling crew.

The oil roughneck carry out a variety of general laboring duties and operate equipment to assist in the drilling and servicing of oil and gas wells. The oil roughnecks are employed by drilling and well servicing contractors and by petroleum producing companies.
Oil roughneck work conditions

The oil roughneck usually work long hours in all weather conditions on extended roster systems, usually as member of a drilling crew. The oil roughneck usually performs semiskilled and unskilled manual labor that requires continual hard work in difficult conditions for many hours.

Not only is it difficult work, but it’s dangerous, among the most dangerous jobs to have.


So suddenly this roughneck, Sarver, is on the stage of one of the most popular shows ever following his dream.

It’s the great American story. You can do anything you put your mind to.

That’s been the theme of many of the stories I’ve been writing lately for MSNBC.com as part of a team effort to chronicle how Americans are reinventing themselves in this economy.

My piece this week is on how some laid off workers are turning to franchising as a career option, and other pieces looked at the different generations, Boomers and Gen X.

One of the themes that I keep coming across in my reporting is that the individuals who do reinvent themselves had that moment when they had to get off their butts and go for it.

If you want to embark on a new career, or follow a life long dream, getting off your butt is key. Look at the Roughneck turned Crooner.

I know what you’re thinking. American Idol isn’t real life.

But folks, one day Sarver woke up and got enough nerve to head over to Phoenix, AZ, to try out for the show.

How much guts do you think that took? The whole world would be watching as he succeeded or failed.

No matter what happens when you embark on a new career journey, it probably won’t be that high pressure, right?

What are you afraid of?

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