Why So Much Negativity In Trucking?

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Phillip 's Comment
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Guys at the truckstops complain all the time about the job? Why do some of these older guys moan and groan all the time? It's not perfect by any means but then again what job is? I'm planning on going to med school and most physicians nowadays are more afraid for the future than Trucker's are about trucking.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I think there's a lot of people that feel like they're stuck in trucking and would rather be elsewhere. Maybe that's all they've ever done. Maybe their profession of choice no longer pays enough. Whatever the reason, that's going to produce negativity in a certain percentage of drivers.

You also have the simple fact that the job is super hard and stressful. That's going to make even the happiest people crabby once in a while and you'll be stuck with a certain percentage of those type in a truck stop at any given time.

When you go to trucking websites, especially in the forums or comments on articles, you'll find a lot of people that weren't able to make their way in the trucking industry. Some didn't have the nerve, some made big mistakes early, some went in with the wrong attitude. Whatever the reason, people tend to gripe much louder and more often when they're mad or embarrassed by something than if they're happy about something. So you get a lot of people bashing schools and companies even though most of the time it was their own fault things didn't work out well. So that's another source of negativity.

Obviously with a job that entails so much risk, hard work, dedication, and time away from home & family there's going to be plenty of tough times to work through no matter who you are. It's just a tough way to make a living. But for the right person it's an amazing life out there on the road and there's nothing that really compares. But for the reasons listed above you're always going to find a lot of negativity surrounding trucking.

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Attila's Comment
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Guys at the truckstops complain all the time about the job? Why do some of these older guys moan and groan all the time? It's not perfect by any means but then again what job is? I'm planning on going to med school and most physicians nowadays are more afraid for the future than Trucker's are about trucking.

Just keep your head up, shoulders back and always find the positive no matter how negative it gets. It may take a little time but you will figure out where to go and who to talk to that has a good attitude. There are many of us out here and you will find us for some good coversation.

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