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

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  1. meechyaboy

    meechyaboy Heavy Load Member

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    I wish I would’ve started way earlier and got into the fuel industry at 21
     
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  3. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Keep my record clean and as soon as I got some good experience, go to tanker.
     
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  4. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    My advice to myself would be this: Don’t get married. I don’t care what anyone says, don’t ####ing marry her. If you are still dumb enough to insist on getting married anyway, make #### sure that woman really understands what it’s like to marry a trucker, because she might think she understands, but she probably doesn’t understand.
     
  5. '88K100

    '88K100 Heavy Load Member

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    Get my pharmacology degree
     
  6. gone4truck

    gone4truck Bobtail Member

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    Why is tanker so good in your opinion?

    I'm new to trucking and I'm planning on getting my tanker endorsement soon.
     
  7. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

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    We hear those type horror stories every day.

    Things that I wish I knew when I was young.

    1. The most valuable thing that you will ever have in life is Your Name. Your business has your name on it. Your house, your car, your wife takes on your name. Your children are born with your name. Protect your name!

    2. Your time is the most valuable thing that you can give another person. If they don’t value your time, don’t give them your time. Be on time. Being late is extremely disrespectful.
     
  8. John E.

    John E. Light Load Member

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    Listen and Act on the advice of experience.
     
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  9. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    You get paid for everything you do. And customers are usually glad to see you pull in. Less waiting times and when you do have to wait you get paid for it. Not just a few hours like some van drivers get either. You get paid until you get out of there no matter how long it takes. Tankers are usually shorter and with the tandems all the way to the rear are easy to back.
     
  10. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

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    That's almost sig worthy right there.
     
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  11. Gypsy88

    Gypsy88 Bobtail Member

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    I'm going to have to rethink tanker jobs... I was thinking of getting into reefer just 'cause (a) I don't mind the hours & I've been told there's "reliably more dock space than you'd get for dry van" & (b) FOOOOOOD! :)
     
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