‘Gold Rush’: What Parker Schnabel Has Learned About Himself from Gold Mining

by Amy Myers
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“I learned that I have a lot more patience than I thought,” Schnabel shared in an interview just two years ago. At the time, the Gold Rush star was dealing with some substantial obstacles, and his answer seemed a bit direct.

Prior to the interview, Schnabel lost his foreman and close friend from his team, Rick Ness. After deciding to start his own gold mining business, Ness shared the news with the Gold Rush star that introduced him to the trade. Needless to say, things were a little tense between the pair. Not long after Ness left, another member of Schnabel’s crew, Brennan Ruault, followed. However, instead of starting his own company, Ruault joined Ness’s team. This left Schnabel with two of his most trustworthy and experienced crew members, seriously damaging his company’s productivity and ability to meet their deadlines and goal gold count.

Despite the loss, Schnabel still had a team of miners that relied on him to drive the operation and make sure they end the season with a paycheck. So, the Gold Rush star had to put aside his emotions and push forward. Once he had the chance to reflect on the season’s events, though, he wasn’t afraid to let his true feelings show.

‘Gold Rush’ Star Revisits Important Question

After Schnabel and his fellow Gold Rush stars had time to grow from the season and continue their separate successes, it seems that the young miner had a new perspective on what he learned from his time on the show. Rather than talking about his patience, Schnabel instead made a much more eloquent observation about gold mining and life.

“Gold mining like most things in life, you get out of it what you put in,” Schnabel said. “And if you put in a lot of hard work and dedication, you usually get rewarded.”

The Gold Rush star also had time to consider how his mistakes appear to viewers and the side of himself that the public sees.

“I think it’s very hard to balance the business with everything being on camera, it’s all your mistakes being in the spotlight like that,” he shared. “It’s a challenge and it continues to be one, but we’re getting through it now.”

Perhaps now that the star was able to see how the situation appeared to his former crew members, Schnabel could see the error in his ways. While having cameras on his crew at all times is certainly stressful, it does show the reality of the situation, whether the star wanted to see it or not. In the end, the Gold Rush star seemed to have matured from the experience and become a better mine boss because of it.