Introducing "The Road Home": TruckingTruth's New Podcast!

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"The Road Home": TruckingTruth's Podcast

That's right! We've started a new podcast and we've just released our first one. It's called "The Boot Camp Approach To Trucking" and for those of you who have been around for a while you know that's an analogy I like to use when talking about getting your career underway.

We expect to release at least one new podcast each week and we'll cover every topic imaginable as time goes on. This is really something unique for me because I like to keep a super low profile and just kind of blend in with the crowd here, but this time I've decided to throw caution to the wind and go for it! In fact, I'm not sure if any of you have ever even heard my voice!

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So for our first episode I tried to keep everything pretty straightforward. This is the first time I've embedded any audio on the website so let me know if you're having any problems with playback. It's just an mp3 like any songs you'll hear on the Web so there shouldn't be any issues, but you know how that goes!

I sure hope you enjoy these! It's nice to be able to give you guys a little more variety when it comes to types of content we have. And who knows? If this goes well maybe someday I'll go crazy and actually put out a video!

Here ya go and I hope you enjoy!

"The Road Home": TruckingTruth's Podcast

Here is the transcript:

Hey folks, this is Brett Aquila with truckingtruth.com and today I want to talk about taking the right approach mentally to getting your trucking career underway.

Now as you know, at truckingtruth we try like crazy to help prepare you for life on the road. We talk a lot about some of the specific hardships you'll face, including loneliness, stress, exhaustion, tough personalities, long days, erratic sleep patterns, and of course all sorts of terrible traffic and weather along the way.

But in the end it's impossible for most people to relate to some of these problems because it isn't anything they've experienced in the past. For instance, as a solo driver you're going to be alone in that truck far more than you would ever expect. It will not be uncommon to spend 18 hours a day, or more, inside that truck alone, completely isolated from everyone. That level of isolation isn't something that most people experience very often.

On top of that, it's also common for over the road drivers to spend several weeks travelling the country without seeing a single person they know. I mean, think about that for a moment. Have you ever even gone two or three days without seeing a single person you know? No family, no friends, no acquaintances? Nobody? Rarely will most people go one or two days without seeing someone they know, let alone weeks at a time without any relief.

Now that level of solitude and isolation can be quite a traumatic experience for a lot of people, especially those who are used to being together all the time with their families back home.

This is just one example of the hardships you'll face out there, many of which will be a completely new experience for you. And as you might expect, most of the time you'll be facing numerous challenges all at once.

So it's nearly impossible to prepare someone for things they haven't experienced in the past, and it's also impossible to prepare you for every single challenge you might face out there, of course.

So the best thing you can do is approach your training the way you would approach going through 'boot camp' in the military. You should go into it expecting your first year to be pretty much a neverending stream of tough challenges. You're going to experience some of the biggest swings in your mood, your confidence, and your optimism that you may have ever experienced in your life.

You know, there's gonna be times when you're so excited about travelling the country in a big rig that you won't believe they're paying you to do it. But there's also be times you're convinced you made a huge mistake getting into trucking in the first place. Trust me when I say this - almost all of you at some point are going to want to pack your bags, head home, and never think about trucking again the rest of your life. Unfortunately a lot of people do exactly that early on in their careers and it's a real shame because many of them would have been outstanding drivers that went on to have long, enjoyable careers. But because they weren't prepared mentally for how difficult this job and lifestyle can be they quickly just became overwhelmed with the whole thing and walked away.

So no matter how difficult the many challenges are you'll be facing, you have to find it within yourself to fight through it and stay the course. Don't lose sight of the big picture. In fact, you should keep one specific goal in mind right from the start - getting through your rookie year safely with your first company. That's it. No matter what challenges you face out there you have to push through it and get to that one year mark safely .

In fact, when you're facing tough times you have to keep reminding yourself that you knew this was coming and that (hopefully) tomorrow is going to be a better day. Not always, but most of the time. And you know, these difficult times are always temporary. Eventually they'll make for some of the most enjoyable stories you'll have to tell people over the years. So keep the tough times in perspective. You don't want to make career altering and life altering choices because you're having a bad day.

In fact, one of the policies I have is never make major decisions during emotional times. For instance, you don't want to quit your job in the middle of a terrible day where it's 40 degrees and raining, you have a terrible cold, you're stewing over an argument you had on the phone with someone back home, and just nothing is going your way.

I mean, stop and think about it for a moment. Do you have to quit your job right this second? Of course not. You can certainly make it through one more day, right? So wait until you're having a great day and then decide if you want to quit your job. If it's 70 degrees and sunny, you've just had a wonderful breakfast, the scenery is incredible, and everything is going your way and yet you STILL want to quit your job, at least then you know you're making a logical decision instead of an emotional decision and that's really important. Emotional decisions made in the heat of the moment almost always turn out to be a big mistake.

So go into that first year with one simple goal in mind - surviving your rookie year safely with your first company. That's it. And attack that goal knowing you're going to face all sorts of hardships and setbacks along the way, exactly as you would expect if you went into 'boot camp' in the military. You're never going to get anywhere in this career if you're the type to tuck your tail and run when things get tough.

And at the same time, don't worry, there IS going to be a ton of fun along the way too. Running coast to coast in a beautiful American big rig is one of the most awesome adventures anyone could ever hope to embark on and I really hope you won't lose sight of that along the way. But make no mistake about it.....this is not a vacation. This is a seriously challenging and risky endeavor. If you want to survive and thrive out there on the road you have to learn to embrace the challenges and face them head on. Don't lose sight of the end goal. Getting through that rookie year is a huge accomplishment that you're going to be incredibly proud of and it's going to establish your trucking career on a solid foundation for years to come.

So go out there with that attitude that you're not going to settle for anything less than reaching your goals and don't let anyone stand in your way. That's the approach it's going to take and I certainly hope you'll find it within yourself to make that happen.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Don's Comment
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Great podcast. I learned to drive 5 years ago, and that syncs very well with my observations of myself and others.

Bob H.'s Comment
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Great start and advise right out of the box!

Pianoman's Comment
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I haven't even listened to it yet and I'm very excited! I think this is a great idea and I hope it really takes off. Way to go Brett!!

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Mark F. ( DAYBREAKER )'s Comment
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Great Job Brett, I'm 1 mth short of graduation and I am going to advise all my fellow students to listen to your podcast. I hear so many different ideas these students have and some are just plain insane. But I never say anything to pop their bubble, as who knows what it takes to make their wheels roll. For me? It was very informative and realistic. Thanks sir. Mark

I haven't even listened to it yet and I'm very excited! I think this is a great idea and I hope it really takes off. Way to go Brett!!

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Charlie Mac's Comment
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Podcasts are all I listen to while driving! Woo-hoo! 👍

Charlie Mac's Comment
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...and I finally know how to correctly pronounce you're last name. 😁

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Thanks for the great feedback guys!

I think this is a great idea and I hope it really takes off

Oh yeah, we'll be doing them all the time from now on. At least one a week. This one took quite a while just because I'm getting used to the setup and the software and all that. But just doing it one time through now I'll be able to knock em out pretty quickly from now on.

.and I finally know how to correctly pronounce you're last name

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Yeah, I hadn't even thought of that. I'm Italian so it's pronounced "akwilla", not "akeela" which would be more of an Hispanic pronunciation. "Aquila" means "Eagle" in Italian which seems oddly American so I'll take it!

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Old School's Comment
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That's good stuff Brett! I think some of the new folks dropping in here will appreciate these podcasts. I love that inspirational photo! It really ties in with the "boot camp commitment" theme. smile.gif

Big Scott's Comment
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Need a link to at the top of the page.

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