Should I Become a Truck Driver?
This blog entry is intended for those who are not in the trucking world. If you're reading this then you've come to my blog because you're curious and looking for some no-BS info on becoming a truck driver.
There are any number of reasons why you're considering the switch. Perhaps the reason you haven't already made the switch is because you've heard of the dismal pay. Let me toss you the toilet paper to help you get off the pot. You can absolutely make six figures as a truck driver - and that's take home pay!
After my time in the military I entered corporate America making more than a $100,000 salary. I'm on track to match that in my first year as a truck driver. Again that's take home salary.
You may have read, depending on the source, that the average salary for truck drivers is between $35,000 and $45,000 a year. I'd say that's about right. The following infographic from www.billybobs-texas.com derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics outlines truck driver salary.
But I'm here to tell you that you can do far better than the average truck driver. In fact, if you follow my blogs and you put into practice my lessons and guidelines, you should fully expect to get into a six figure salary. To make it to that salary level, you need to come into this endeavor armed with grit and discipline.
By grit I mean tenacity, resolve, endurance, backbone, hardiness, and determination. You should be able to bounce back quickly from adversity and setbacks and always be ready for change.
In this video, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Angela Duckworth, explains explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
As they say in the military, "Semper Gumby" - always flexible.
By discipline I mean knowing what needs to get done and ensuring those things are accomplished - every single day. You have to stay on top of the constant flow of paperwork. Allowing yourself to get behind only leads to a jumble of work that you have to, at some point, take care of, which often takes twice as long to finish when compared to doing it on a routine, daily basis. If you want to get paid, then the paperwork must get done. Your discipline also includes getting and staying organized. A mound of paperwork and receipts is only going to cause you more work to sort through. You have to have a file system in place. I will show you what I do to stay organized in a future blog.
Why did I become a truck driver? There are three key factors that enabled my decision.
First, I believe I have the above-mentioned qualities due to my father's style of raising me and because of my military service.
Second, I was tired of corporate America, constantly answering to a boss who had a boss who had a boss. I felt like a small cog in a big machine grinding out a paycheck while dealing with so many other people's problems and whims. Oh, and add to that all of the uber-sensitive, sniveling, co-non-workers in an environment so sterile and void of any knee-slapping humor that it could have been mistaken for a Soviet operating room. The fat paycheck was little consolation to never having peace of mind. I yearned for more control over my day-to-day activities and my destiny.
Third, armed with an MBA and a business background I felt prepared to create my own working world.
I considered many possibilities including becoming a truck driver. At first I trashed the idea of driving a truck for a living mainly because I didn't want the stereotype. But after running through multiple ideas I realized that driving a truck is like driving a machine that produces money.
I ran some numbers based on a lot of research. I figured that if I could maximize utilization of the money machine and control my expenses, then I would definitely make a good salary and increase my peace of mind. This concept (certainly not new) of maximizing utilization and controlling expenses has become my central theme.
I have since figured out the mechanics, the processes, and the tools to make this a reality - a six-figure reality.
Follow me and I will show you how.
-May the wind be at your six and weigh stations closed.