After moving to Canada over twenty years ago from the Netherlands, “Gold Rush” guru Tony Beets knows a thing or two about success. The 61-year-old has built something of a dynasty mining gold. His risks have definitely paid off. While it doesn’t come without obstacles, the miner shared what makes him so successful in the grueling business of gold.
In a recent interview, Beets was asked what makes him a successful miner and businessman. Like his style, the “Gold Rush” star was direct and the point.
First, he said, you have to work and work hard. Mining is clearly physically taxing on the body. It’s also mentally tough when pickings are slim. The miner makes it clear you have to be willing to put in the work in order to reap the benefits of success.
Additionally, Beets says there’s no other way around it. You’ve got to have the confidence to back your statements.
“He has it in his mind ‘I’m going to do this’ and then it gets done,” son Kevin Beets said in the video clip.
With the only successful dredge in the Yukon, the star has a lot to be confident about at this point. He reportedly paid $1 million for the dredge in the fifth season of the Discovery show.
Further, the Beets patriarch said setting high expectations are a must in the gold business.
“Exceptionally high expectations,” laughs Kevin Beets.
“Tony expects a lot from himself, so he expects it from everybody else,” wife Minnie Beets adds.
‘Gold Rush’ Star Doesn’t Take Anyone’s Excuses
If confidence wasn’t explicit enough, Beets said another key to success is to not take any, ahem, sh** from anyone. Minnie Beets agreed that the large miner is intimidating and can be very loud – cursing at employees is just part of it. She admitted the only person who can get onto him is her.
And last but not least, Tony Beets said success comes from “Just doing it.” A key phrase he’s often heard saying around the mine is “make it happen.” There’s nothing quite like getting an idea in your mind – and just going for it.
“He thought of the dredge and made it happen,” daughter Monica Beets says.
The bearded and gruff miner may look a bit scary, but his family and employees know he’s serious when it comes to the business. Beets’ dream of owning his own goldmine helped propel him to the level he’s at now.
The star is one of “Gold Rush’s” most successful miners. And Beets certainly knows it.
“I came from the Netherlands, of course. I hung around Alberta and BC for a bit, then I went to the Yukon for the money,” Beets said. “They said you can make a thousand bucks a week, so I thought: If they get that, I’ll get a little more. And that’s what happened. I guess I really like the lifestyle; that attracted me to it most. You do whatever you want, yell at people whenever you feel like it. And then there’s the hunt, the treasure. I like it.”