What advice would you give to your younger self at the start of his career?

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  1. gone4truck

    gone4truck Bobtail Member

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    If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self at the start of his career, what practical advice would you give them now that you know better?

    Can be anything, from health, diet, best practices, and so on.

    I read somewhere on this forum about a veteran truck driver advising people not to jump of the truck/trailer, and always use 3-point of contact. His knees where busted after years of doing so.
     
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  3. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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  5. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

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    Yup,
    Don't listen too much about what other drivers think you should be doing, devise a long term career path and follow it. set aside a minimum of 10% of your gross wages no matter what and invest it into your own future. Take all matching funds available from your employers retire accounts, its actually free money.

    Don't forget to take time to smell the rose's.
     
  6. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    Learn from your mistakes and others misfortune as well.
    Do not hurry that's where mistakes are made.
    There are alot of stupid people driving, stay professional.
    Make a retirement plan. Unless you want to drive till your 112.
     
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Right; start a retirement account beginning day one on your first job. Most companies have something for the drivers, such as 401K Retirement Plan.
    Some credit unions have those plans for their members, so check that also.
     
  8. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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    In all honesty, if I could I would pay myself a visit during Thanksgiving 1980. When I was done with myself, myself would need a proctologist to get my foot out of myself's backside. That was about 10 days before I left the Air Force. Leaving the service was the worse mistake of many I have made. I deeply regret it. I was an E-5, had been awarded two medals that added some WAPS points, and was at the time of my discharge a (7) level. I had all my military education completed to rise to the rank of Msgt! Leave it to me to pull the boneheaded play of my lifetime. (sigh)
     
  9. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

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    By the way the 401k is in addition to the 10% you set aside...
     
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  10. reeferwrencher

    reeferwrencher Medium Load Member

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    If you dont mind me asking ,why did you leave? Were you tired of military way of life?
     
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