Are you embarassed to be a truck driver

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by duckdiver, May 10, 2012.

  1. duckdiver

    duckdiver Road Train Member

    Mar 28, 2012
    Surf city
    ive been pondering about it and to he honest I think I am embarassed, all the girls ive dated I lied about my job (closet to the truth is I told them I do sales for a truck co.) I come from a middle to middle upperclass background and pretty much all vb young people my age think its a bottom of the barrel job.
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  3. NewNashGuy

    NewNashGuy Road Train Member

    Jul 27, 2011
    US and Canada
    I once asked others that same question before I started. I have been a programmer for the past 12 years and very successful. I could still do it now but I am tired of the stress and staring at a wall. I love trucking but I do notice a lot of good looking women who I encounter seem very interested in me until I mention that I am a truck driver they then find a reason to end the conversation. I am sure not all women are that way, but I rather keep trucking than dealing with them. To be honest I think the industry has changed. Even my trucking instructor told me how nasty everyone is and such, but when I visit truck stops I see a lot of truckers acting professional and clean.

    I am sure there are some out there but I was expecting truck stops to be filled with weirdos acting retarded and leaving piss bottles everywhere but it is not like that in the places I have been to so far. I am proud to be a trucker this has been an amazing experience. My only major gripe is that I didn't realize my company only goes to the same few states even though they claim to be OTR. I doubt I will ever see any state out west which is one of the main reasons I wanted to be a trucker since I never been out west but have lived/visited just about every other state. With the money I am making I can just take a vacation out there when I get the chance.
    Last edited: May 10, 2012
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  4. Permit09

    Permit09 Bobtail Member

    Jul 24, 2009
    As long as you're making more money than they are, it shouldn't matter. I've known some very wealthy people who made their millions in unconventional ways, yet, they were accepted by their more conventional peers. I wouldn't be surprised to see the owner of CR England or Swift, hanging with Donald Trump or Warren Buffet.
  5. tinytim

    tinytim Road Train Member

    Oct 29, 2007
    Northern Ontario
    We don't need you.

  6. rachi

    rachi Road Train Member

    Feb 25, 2010
    Alot of people think truckers make good money. I cruise down the highway loud and proud. Embarassed about what?
  7. sevenmph

    sevenmph Road Train Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    Indianapolis, In
    No I'm not embarrassed. A near and dear family member tried to get me to quit. Said I was too smart, and wasting my talent. In one ear and out the other.
    To quote General Patton even though he was talking about war......."God help me, I love it so"
  8. grusco

    grusco Light Load Member

    Feb 25, 2012
    Rosemount, MN
    I'm about to land my first trucking job so this is a career change for me. Embarrassed, NO! This may be the first job I'm proud of.

    Graduate work in Economics. Bachelors in Radio, TV and Film/ Economics.
    Spent 30 years in radio, last 20 working for the #1 station in San Francisco.
    Spent 3 years in banking at Wells Fargo and a local credit union.
    Spent 5 years as a real estate broker and agent.

    We're all patriots for wanting to work for a living. A larger and larger share of residents here don't!
  9. KMac

    KMac Road Train Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Middletown DE
    Ummm... in a word NO
  10. Plinker

    Plinker Light Load Member

    May 4, 2012
    Eastern NC
    Hell no I'm not embarrassed!!!

    If they don't like me because if my profession then they aren't someone I want to interact with anyway. Also, if they don't like Truck Drivers tell them next time there out shopping not to buy anything that came off a truck.

    If your embarrassed what you do for a living then I can't see you being in the profession for very long.
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  11. nicholas_jordan

    nicholas_jordan Medium Load Member

    Mar 31, 2012
    temple texas
    I think grusco has the central issue scoped well, there are "more than one" who folded up an advanced degree and went to mowing lawns .... whatever it is causing you to be "embarrassed to be a truck driver" is better replaced with keeping attention on the job ~ you can read books or whatever and just ignore the "play dumb" as US $33,204 is not something to be embarrassed about
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