I've heard this a million times before:

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by TomCougar, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. TomCougar

    TomCougar Light Load Member

    Sep 4, 2019
    Lawton, OK
    Yes, I know hard labor. Doing landscaping when it's 105 outside! I was a soldier for 7 years: diesel mechanic. no air conditioning or heating in large garage bays. Freezing to death in a wet foxhole with no sleep. No tea party for sure. The most successful drivers will know how to work smart. How to make the job work in their favor.
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  3. LoneRanger

    LoneRanger Road Train Member

    Jun 3, 2018

    Wait till you get older in this game, you’ll be singing a different tune about idiots taking a 30 at the island, 4 wheeler cutting you off causing and accident yet you get sued into oblivion, once it hits you you’ll understand.
    Good luck and stay safe out there
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  4. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    I wish people would define driver.

    Drivers are that, drivers, they may work hard and not have the ability to work smart.

    By the way, you used the term station in life, it means what class you were born in which we don't have a society based on class here. Here you have the ability to make it what you want.
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  5. shatteredsquare

    shatteredsquare Road Train Member

    May 23, 2014
    middle dirt
    You have the luxury of perspective, you know what the alternative is like, so you're actually grateful for what might be driving someone else insane. First hand perspective is the most valuable thing you can invest in
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  6. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

    May 16, 2012
    Posting and making threads isn't for everybody.
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  7. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Newport, Ar
    Some people cant be away from their family, The last guy I attemped to train, I was driving of course, going to let him observe for a bit, but within 5-10 miles out of town out came a photo of his wife/kid and he went to bawling.
    I am talking like you were never going to see them ever again type.
    Maybe 10 minutes, me turning the radio up, him crying, I stopped at Searcy.. 45 miles away, I told him, “We’re not going any further.”
    I called the office and they sent a guy in the company pickup to come get him.
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  8. UnkownHorse

    UnkownHorse Light Load Member

    Mar 10, 2019
    Like what was previously stated...
    With some jobs you don’t have the option of “working smarter”. They just have to get done. Hard or not.

    Unless of course, you become the boss man and start pulling all the strings. Then I suppose that could be considered working smarter. Lol
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2020
    Reason for edit: Edited for better clarification.
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  9. 88228822

    88228822 Heavy Load Member

    Sep 26, 2018
    Yeah bro, laying on my back under the trailer banging on the brakes with a sledge hammer when it's -22 isn't work at all

    yanking 100 nails out of the wooden floor of a dry van with the claw end of a hammer - NOT WORK

    That time the landing gear crank disappeared along the way and I had to use elbow grease to lower the landing gear to drop the trailer

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  10. MBAngel

    MBAngel Medium Load Member

    Apr 1, 2018
    Tucson, Arizona
    I love my job. Admittedly, I've only been doing this a year. My view out my window is always different. I get to see all of this beautiful country, and sunsets, sunrises, and awesome vistas. I can take time off anywhere in the country, to see family, friends, or do things on my bucket list. My fleet team is the best in the country. My company has great benefits and an awesome culture. And they pay me to do this!!! I feel so proud every time I get in the drivers seat to know I get to drive this huge powerful beast, and be part of keeping america moving. I am in love with the awesome power at my control. I love being one of the heroes on the road, by being a professional driver and representative for my company.
    Research companies to find a culture that fits you. Study to see what kind of job you want. Theres a flavor for every taste in this industry, from home daily to never home; from no touch freight, to touch every piece twice.
    About the only way trucking isnt for you is if you have health issues that ban you, a driving record that bans you, bad habits that ban you, or you just hate driving.
  11. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    This job and trucking companies are like shoes. There isn't a pair of shoes that fits everybody. If you find an expensive pair made by the best designer with the most expensive leather and sown by virgins under a willow tree while harp music plays, it means nothing if they are too big or too small for YOUR feet.

    A lot of people enter this industry with ZERO research and ZERO knowledge of them self. When that "mysteriously" doesn't produce raging success it is somehow the fault of the industry. The failures can cry until they are out of tears. Nobody can expect to succeed with no research and no idea what they are doing.

    The job is not suited for MOST people. It is perfectly suited for many people. Nobody can make you understand you.
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