This thread reminded me a lot about my brother a few years ago. He’s never been academically gifted, but very good with his hands. When I left school, he was offered a job with my uncle doing building. He was happy with a rubbish wage, but after 6 months, working 12 hour shifts away from home was taking its toll. My uncles would praise him highly in front of family and friends on how fast he was picking things up, and how they could leave him to just crack on with jobs, and even gave the impression he was well paid (my dad bit his tongue because my brother was learning a trade). My brother later asked for a wage rise to the minimum wage, something that seemed a reasonable request! It was met by how he doesn’t deserve it, how lazy he is, etc. My brother stuck it out for another 6 months before another opportunity arose. It caused a huge family rift. What my dad was most annoyed at was that when my uncle’s left school, he gave them work in his removal business to help them out. He job with them 50/50 after taking money out for diesel. Now, my dad didn’t expect that for my brother, but thought at least the national minimum wage for a physically demanding job was not an excessive request. It wasn’t that they couldn’t afford to pay him more because their business was very profitable. My brother now works for the local council, good money and a decent pension and his job is very safe. Things have a way of working out.