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Dan S.'s Comment
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Oops, here's what I think you're completely wrong about...

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Primes organizational system, and its Key players is the SINGLE greatest thing THAT put me where I find myself.

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My IGNORANCE of,............

Thanks for pointing it out!

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Oops, here's what I think you're completely wrong about...

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Primes organizational system, and its Key players is the SINGLE greatest thing THAT put me where I find myself.

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My IGNORANCE of,............

Thanks for pointing it out!

Remember, no matter how screwed up the Marine Corp's "systems were, they have had since 1775 to get it down as much as it stands today. The various trucking companies are still working out the kinks.

You are a US Marine, you can do this. Semper Fi, brother!

Dan S.'s Comment
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The entire trucking industry is in a flux brought on by unprecedented demand and a booming economy.

Demand exceeds supply across the board.

Many people join an organization and are dumb founded by how screwed up it seems to be, only to later be in awe of how organized, well ran, and systematic it actually is.

Businesses and organizations take on a life of their own after awhile. As such, they either adapt to their ever changing environment or die, (Sears, K Mart, JC Penny's, malls, the retail industry as a whole)

This is what's going on with the trucking industry. Those at all levels must adapt to the changing tides or fall to the wayside.

That said, it can be difficult for a green horn to enter into a career, industry, business etc that itself is caught up in the throes of rapid change, increased demand and competition, and dwindling profit margins.

There are REASONS organizations do the things they do, and the way they do them.

There are REASONS Systems evolved the way they do?

There's not always time to explain, the nuts and bolts, rhyme and reason behind ESTABLISHED PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES. But ONLY the process and procedure themselves.

Prime IMHO actually rapidly adapting with many, many adaptations and innovations.

I've already, me, myself and I have overcome and climbed the many rungs of the ladder, I've many more to grab a hold of, and climb.

They're NOT all evenly spaced

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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How long have you had this terrible proclivity to over think and over analyze things that you don't understand?

Dan S.'s Comment
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To add, most jobs expect and require one to do a given and certain amount of thinking and learning on your own.

Self initiative and being decisive are unlisted on most job descriptions because they're "givens" as is exercising good judgement.

One can exercise Good Initive, while also executing Bad judgement.

The entire trucking industry is caught up in a situation similar to the Marines in 1968.

Marine boot camp is the longest of all the four branches at 13 weeks. [Sidebar, there's heated discussion of adding an extra week to provide training of ethics, morality, integrity, a telling commentary as to how low American society/culture has fallen.]

In 1968, the need for trigger pullers was so great that boot camp was dropped from 13 to 6 weeks (Thus "Full Metal Jacket" boot camp) and the Secretary of Defense authorized the drafting of 100,000 Mental Category IV recruits (Illiterate, could not read nor write, do simple arithmetic)

I'm not saying the trucking industry has lowered it's standards, (Nor implying ANYTHING) I AM saying the demand for drivers is so high that the SYSTEM for providing those much in demand and needed drivers is strained to its maximum

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dan S.'s Comment
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How long have you had this terrible proclivity to over think and over analyze things that you don't understand?

Ah!

A paradoxical, rhetorical question!

I'll pass, Thank you.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Dan, with genuine concern I have to say that I think you may need some professional help. Your mind is seriously hyperactive and you're overreaching beyond anything I think I've ever heard before.

First of all, I have no idea what makes you think the trucking industry is in some sort of upheaval. I've been in the industry since 1993 and very little has changed. You now have GPS, cell phones, and Qualcomm. There are a few logbook rules that have changed. That's about it. In 25 years that's about all that's changed. Trucking is still trucking. The same companies that were massively successful decades ago still are today. The way freight is booked, the way you handle a rig, and the way recruiting and training is done is all pretty much identical to what it was 25 years ago.

And to be honest, I have no idea why any of that is even on your mind right now. You have one job to do - learn how to drive a rig. There is only one approach that makes any sense - try to relax, go with the flow, learn all you can, get along with people, and don't hit anything. That's it. You don't have to worry about macroeconomics, industry upheaval, or the Marines in 1968. None of that applies to what you're supposed to be concentrating on at all.

Let me give you a suggestion. This is going to be one of the most difficult things you've ever done, but it will be incredibly helpful. Try to focus your mind only on what your eyes can see and what your ears can hear at any given moment. If you're not looking at it or hearing it then you shouldn't be thinking it. It's meditation, basically, and I think it's something you desperately need.

You didn't want to answer Old School's question because you didn't want to say, "That's something I've always struggled with and still do." But I can assure you, you don't need to say it. It's obvious.

You are most certainly your own worst enemy right now. If you can learn to take a deep breath, relax, and focus only on the task at hand then you'll be fine. Keep asking yourself, "What do I have to do in this moment to get better at driving a truck?" Don't worry about anything else.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Dan S.'s Comment
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Thank you.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Dan,

Before I got into driving, I had some very similar ideas, and was very vocal about them. Unlike you, I sometimes persisted in my "reasoning." you already have a head start, in that area. Maybe it is a DAN thing. Lol.

The key is to not let yourself over think. That can be easier said than done. Look at this time as another life lesson. There will be many, especially once you are in your own truck.

Dan S.'s Comment
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Thank you for your comments. Henceforth I will heed to "The Less Said, is often the Best said." insofar as commenting further.

For all those who commented and contributed.

Thank you

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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