Your Success Is ALL About YOUR Attitude!

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Pat M.'s Comment
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I have know this but I never had anything concrete to point to that would substantiate my feelings on this matter. Well I have that now and of all things from a reality show.

I am home nearly every night so I have more time than most and more conveniences than most. Well I watched the episodes on Netflix of Ice Road Truckers and I suggest that new or drivers in training do also. What I noticed in these episodes was a reoccurring theme time and again. The drivers that were having the most trouble with their companies were the ones that had a bad attitude. They wanted to do things their way instead of the way their companies wanted them to.

Every one of these guys thought they were smarter than the company or senior drivers that were trying to help. They knew better than everyone else how to drive and handle their rigs.

I suggest that if you have the time that you watch these episodes and see for yourself. Now that you know what you are looking for it is very easy to spot the problems. In my opinion, not one of these issues was a company issue but rather a driver issue. Check it out for yourself, it will give you a new perspective on things.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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LOL Pat, I've seen the show a few times, and noticed the same thing (not even being a driver myself). They have some pretty crappy attitudes, for "professionals" And wondered how the heck they even last long! Dumbest 1 , was father/son driving, another 2 rigs, ticked off dad, and they all pulled over having a near blows, knock down drag fight, over nothing! Dad was a total dip stick!

Weatherman's Comment
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Keep in mind fellas that its mostly scripted reality TV. Yes your point is valid about having a good attitude, but, its also "Give the people what they want to see." Kinda like wrestling. smile.gif

Rick S.'s Comment
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Was talking with Daniel B. the other day - and this is exactly what I was relating.

95% attitude - though there is a measure of SKILL REQUIRED also. But even with skills - how you keep your headspace is pretty much the ENTIRE GAME.

Rick

Old School's Comment
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You mean wrestling is not real?

Ice road truckers is not real?

Oh man this is really gonna mess up my day, I am soooo disappointed now. Here all this time I've been really getting into this stuff, and Weatherman comes along and just ruins everything for me! Thanks for nothing Weatherman! It was a heartless blow you've rendered to me, and it's gonna take me a while to get over it.

At least I still know that those other reality shows are not scripted, that provides a little relief to me. I mean they can't call them reality when they are not can they?

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rick S.'s Comment
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You mean wrestling is not real?

Ice road truckers is not real?

Oh man this is really gonna mess up my day, I am soooo disappointed now. Here all this time I've been really getting into this stuff, and Weatherman comes along and just ruins everything for me! Thanks for nothing Weatherman! It was a heartless blow you've rendered to me, and it's gonna take me a while to get over it.

At least I still know that those other reality shows are not scripted, that provides a little relief to me. I mean they can't call them reality when they are not can they?

It's funny - as a driver - watching IR Truckers. Watching the gauges, shifting and whatnot - and yer like - NO, THAT AIN'T RIGHT.

Wrestling, on the other hand IS REAL. "Redneck Soap Operas".

Rick

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pat M.'s Comment
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While I agree that some of it is scripted, the attitude of these drivers is not. Do they put on a show for the camera? Hell yeah they do but you also have to remember that these are not actors. Some of them are lucky to be able to tie their shoes.

Old School's Comment
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I agree with your premise Pat.

I'm not a fan of the show, in fact the truth is I haven't even watched a T.V. show for a long time. Never was a big television viewer and it's absolutely out of my life now as a driver. I was just being silly.

I think with your driving job you may not be around as many other truck drivers, or at least around OTR drivers like some of us are. I'll tell you there are some real winners out here in the T.V. lounges and lunch counters at the truck stops. It is never ending fodder for stories about poor attitudes and how these drivers cripple their own careers by thinking they know more than anybody, especially their dispatcher or boss. Truck driving attracts a lot of independent types of folks because, well that is just the type of folks that can make a go of it, but it can really work against you if your ego is bigger than your brain, and brother there are a lot of truck drivers in that category.

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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.
Weatherman's Comment
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You mean wrestling is not real?

Ice road truckers is not real?

Oh man this is really gonna mess up my day, I am soooo disappointed now. Here all this time I've been really getting into this stuff, and Weatherman comes along and just ruins everything for me! Thanks for nothing Weatherman! It was a heartless blow you've rendered to me, and it's gonna take me a while to get over it.

At least I still know that those other reality shows are not scripted, that provides a little relief to me. I mean they can't call them reality when they are not can they?

LMAO!!! Sorry to ruin your day, OS. dancing-banana.gif

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Yep's Comment
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I can't agree. I have a very crappy attitude and did quite well with prime. Current company... Not so much.

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