Podcast 19: You're Getting Career Advice From The Wrong People

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Patrick C.'s Comment
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I relistened to this podcast. Brett is absolutely right. I can plainly see what someone else is doing 'wrong' in comparison. There is another driver that recently quit. We got paid the same rate per mile, but I regularly grossed $350-$500 more a week than him. Some of the things he did wrong were: He would refuse loads to certain places, he would complain about situations to the wrong people, and he would always be stopping for breaks to eat or what not. He just didn't push as hard as I do.

I called my Dispatcher 2 weeks ago to 'check-in'. I asked what can I do better. Her response to me was "nothing". I told her I want to be her best driver. Her response was: "I don't have a number 1, but you are definitely at the top of the list." One day, I will get her to say I'm her number 1 driver. I won't stop until I get there. After that, I am going to keep striving until I'm the number 1 driver in the company. I want to be the best. I was always told growing up, that anything worth doing is worth doing right.

Drive Safe and God Speed

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

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Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I called my Dispatcher 2 weeks ago to 'check-in'. I asked what can I do better. Her response to me was "nothing". I told her I want to be her best driver. Her response was: "I don't have a number 1, but you are definitely at the top of the list." One day, I will get her to say I'm her number 1 driver. I won't stop until I get there. After that, I am going to keep striving until I'm the number 1 driver in the company. I want to be the best. I was always told growing up, that anything worth doing is worth doing right.

There really are two categories that everyone on Earth fits into:

  1. People who continuously strive to move forward, rising to the top, always trying to reach their maximum potential
  2. People who drift along aimlessly, bouncing along the bottom, way below their potential without trying to improve

The way you think and the way you live your day to day life will be two completely different processes, depending on which approach you take. For those who haven't heard of him, listen to some Youtube videos of Eric Thomas - motivational speaker. He was a high school dropout who was homeless for 2 1/2 years eating out of dumpsters and making excuses for why he couldn't be someone. Then one day he got sick of himself and decided he was going to strive every day to become the best Eric Thomas he could be.

Today he has a Doctorate's degree and he's one of the world's best known motivational speakers, worth millions of dollars, and doing high dollar speaking engagements for pro athletes, major universities, and Fortune 500 executives all around the world. Nothing about him changed except his attitude and his approach to day-to-day life, and then everything in his life completely turned around. He went from zero to hero.

Trucking is the type of career for people who strive to get better every day. You need to embrace the challenges, seek out adventure, and thrive on the competition. If you're not that type of person then you should become that type of person. If you can't understand why you'd want to become that type of person and live with discipline and motivation and competition then keep studying the lives of people who do until it makes sense to you. Because it should.

Eric Thomas - When You Want To Succeed As Bad As You Want To Breathe

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

millionmiler24's Comment
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I'm bumping this in hopes that some of you will take the time to listen to this podcast. It's one of my favorites. It is jam packed with solid information that is designed to clear up much of the confusion that permeates and corrupts a new driver's understanding of this business and how to succeed in it.

There is so much misinformation that we expose ourselves to when starting this career, and this podcast cuts right through it logically and concisely. Almost every sentence is packed with powerful information that is seldom voiced in typical trucking conversations.

Please, if you're new in here, or just never took a few minutes to hear this thing, click on it and learn the secrets that will help you prosper out here.

Hey Brett, Old School just gave me an idea for a suggestion on here: Why not put a link to that podcast in the Getting Started in Trucking links we give to new drivers just joinin the forum.

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