How to get rich with certain career changes

In this ever changing world that we all live in today, no one can ever really know for sure when there might be an unexpected career change in store for their future. With all of the corporate down sizing, lay offs, and certain manufacturing jobs being outsourced and shuffled around between different countries, no one today can be certain when they might be forced into a career change.

Over a century and a half ago people were suddenly faced with unexpected career changes as well. One moment two partners were happily working in a lumber business, and the next thing they knew they ventured off into the mining business. This career change may have been unexpected for the pair, but it was an option that neither of the two men could hardly resist.

John and James were building a saw mill on the banks of the American river in Coloma, California which is near Sacramento, California. Suddenly out of the blue on January 24th 1848 James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill. The partnership between the two suddenly turned very profitable, and there was no question that they both were now getting out of the lumber business.

News of this discovery set off the world famous California gold rush. Half-million people from all around the world descended upon California in search of instant wealth, and to stake their claims, which was one of the largest human migrations ever in history. The growth of the area increased almost overnight from a population of 7,000 to 100,000 by the end of 1849. On September 9th 1850 California was admitted to the union as the 31st state.

By November 28th 1848 gold exports were already at $500,000. By May 1st 1850 $1,500,156 in gold dust was heading Eastward. Gold exports for 1852 amounted to $45,587,803. The year 1853 was the pinnacle of gold production with exports topping $56,390,812. In the first five years of the great California gold rush more than twelve million ounces of gold were found. In reality very few people actually got rich from the California gold rush, and by 1858, ten years after the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill, many people were heading off to Nevada after the discovery of silver there.

Eventually the surface gold mostly disappeared, and people invented new ways to reach all of that gold which was still deep down underground. The work was extremely hard, and there was no guarantee of success, which was an under statement of the times.

That unexpected career change which John Sutter and James Marshall made eventually left behind a thriving culture of business, and farming. Their career change firmly established and led to California's admission as the 31st state of the union, and was a very important part of history.

I'm sure that just about everyone out there wouldn't have any problem coping with a career change like the two of these men had. Today a career change might not end up anything like what John and James had, but then again you never know what the future has in store.

This is what Sutter's Mill looked like back in early 1848
This is what Sutter's Mill looked like back in early 1848

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bonda 20 months ago from Canada

The shoe repair stall in the local mall down the block has been closed for two weeks now. Is the shoemaker on vacation or he has closed down because we no longer repair shoes? We just throw them out and buy new ones? What could be his alternative career?


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Rachel L Alba 20 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

How true. I was a secretary for 22 years for a home construction business when the company folded and closed it's doors. I was at an age where it was hard for me to get another job. I managed to get a job at a pre-school as a teacher's aide, till last year when PA decided that even teacher's aides need a 2 year degree. I am not willing to do that so now I am fully retired and now I like it that way. I guess it is God's will for me. Thanks for this hub, I voted up and interesting.

Blessings to you


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bonda 20 months ago from Canada

You are active here on Hubpages and Every Day Cooking and Baking so, let's just say you are semi-retired. Laugh Out Loud!


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Larry Rankin 20 months ago from Oklahoma

Interesting article.


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wordswithlove 20 months ago from Pennsylvania, USA

HoleStory, imagine if everything remained constant in our world? Good hub because it also makes you think that question. What if gold supply had been endless in California? Would everyone get rich? For one thing, gold would not be precious if that had happened!


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monia saad 19 months ago from In my Dream

The dream of riches entices everyone. But few of them can reach. This is the reign of God. Can you imagine what would happen if everyone became rich? Now there is a lot of gold and silver underground. Labor is the only way to achieve success

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