Do you have standards or do you just stand. Some days I just want to just lower my standards and just let anything go. Other days I raise the bar and know one can reach the standard. How do you find the sweet spot? When you’re a Professional Trucker there are times when the bar want be held too high but you better believe when those times come you will be the one who loses. When your employer has no standards you better believe what they offer you is second rate to what they do for themselves or their family. If you hold yourself to high standards don’t drop them just because of where you are employed.
I sure am glad i’m fortunate enough to have a warm place to live and work. In today’s world theirs lots off Americans that can’t say that. The temperatures have been bone chilling the last few days here in Virginia. The kids haven’t been to school in the past couple of days and pop up warming stations have been the talk of the town. The cold snap has also caused major havoc on trucking companies that haven’t properly winterized their trucks. Professional Drivers should make sure that the fuel you put in your trucks are treated especially if your company has its own fueling stations on your yard. You can buy anti gelling products at most super centers or at all truck stops from 7 to $13 for 32 oz bottle that will treat 100 gallons of fuel.
The past couple of days I’ve been viewing a documentary on the Titans of modern business on you tube. Andrew Carnegie, J P Morgan, Commodore Vanderbilt, and John D Rockefeller were true visionaries. All except J P Morgan started with nothing but they had heart and foresight to see what was coming around the corner. They were all considered to be ruthless business men and for the most part thought nothing about those that worked for them. These men were true entrepreneurs that when they got a glimpse of the future trends they didn’t stop until they dominated all competition. While watching this 4 part documentary that took 6 hours to watch seen how ingenuity and insight are so important to creating a strong business. At the same time you have to think about those who are helping you build your business also(employees). In this new year dare to dream and create your own future. Being a Trucker the barriers to entry are minimal and if you’re disciplined you can make it.
What’s the greatest gift that you’ve ever given. Have you ever given someone a gift that they didn’t deserve. Have you ever received a gift that you didn’t deserve. I know I’ve been the recipient of a couple of those gifts. This time of year is a time when we can get caught up in what we get from others instead of the great gift that was given to us. As a nation we’ve lost sight that Jesus is the reason for the season and not santa clause. So this season give more of you and show more love.
How much is enough? Can you answer that question? Do you want to know the answer? Are you striving to reach a goal or reaching for something that somebody else is chasing. I’m learning that what others count as good is worthless to me. There are 11 days left in this year and i’m choosing to focus on my goals and the things that are important to my family. I can only answer for the decisions that I’ve made and the path that I chose. This time of year people are manipulated into doing things for the wrong reasons. Remember, whatever you compromise on going up, you’ll face again on the way back down.
It’s that time of year again. When the weather causes problems and fear creates unseen damages to supply chains. A professional Driver should have a winter weather survival kit in their truck.
1) some candles, 100 hr emergency candle
2) empty coffee 12 to 24 oz
3) 20 below sleeping bag and extra blankets
4) can food and water
5) matches or lighter
When I first started driving trucks in the northeast a seasoned Trucker told me I should have a winter weather survival kit in my truck. I was fortunate that I never had to use it but now I see the value in it. The coffee can is used to house the candle and the rest is common knowledge
Do you know what’s expected from you on your job. Should you be at work at a certain time. How many breaks are you allowed to take a day. Do you have to punch out when you take a lunch break. Who’s your immediate supervisor and who gives you your work assignments. Do you have the right to refuse work assignments. When you have a Cdl A there should be certain task that you should be able to complete without being told. You should know how to read a map, properly identify parts on the truck and be able to follow instructions. I’m embarrassed to say that the Trucking industry is doing itself a dis service for the quality of Drivers that we allow to operate on the highway today. If we as seasoned Drivers don’t take the next generation of gps Drivers under our wings and teach them the ropes then the very fiber of our industry will corrode.
It means a lot to spend time with those who mean the most to you. We must also be mindful during the holiday season of those who don’t have loved to ones. Many times we choose not spend time those we love the most because of our jobs. The men and women that are my customers are those who many times have to choose to be away from their families during the holidays. Whenever possible use your time wisely and tell those who mean the most to you how much you appreciate them and how important the time you spend together means to you. You may have an employer who doesn’t care about how much time you get to spend with your family and this is one of the reasons I created isitok2parkthere.com.. If Drivers would share information with each other openly then we would all see a change in how you are treated by companies that we pickup at and deliver to. Spread the gospel of isitok2parkthere.com and watch things get better for Truckers everywhere.