Could the same people who love you be holding you back in your career? This concept may seem strange, but it is more common than you might think. The thought came to mind the other day when I was listening to a radio show about careers and business. The guest on the show was talking about his relationship with his father and how when starting his business his father tried to discourage him from going forward. Today this person is a very successful entrepreneur. I was listening and thinking that in the trucking industry this is all too common.
It happens to many of us. We are about to embark on a new career or business venture, have investigated it and have our mind made up to definitely move forward. The excitement builds about the new venture and we begin to tell people such as our family and friends. We assume that our friends and family will be excited about any venture that we attempt and tell them for support and confidence. Then it happens, the frown, the roll of the eyes, and then the comments. We are told something like that industry can’t make you money or you can do better than that!
The truth is that they may be trying to protect us from something that they perceive as a flop or venture that won’t be successful. The real truth is that they may not have the proper information or the experience to make proper judgement on YOUR decision. This same thing happened to me at the beginning of my career in trucking. I was told by a friend that he tried trucking and didn’t make any money so he urged me not to get into the business. I am glad I didn’t listen to him as I have been in the industry for over thirty years. In many cases our family and friends want the best for us, but they may just not have all the information. This is why it is very important that you don’t listen to people that don’t know you or the venture you are about to embark on.
How many potential drivers have been turned away by an employment specialist that doesn’t understand the trucking industry? Not everyone is suited to this industry and I don’t want to paint this fake rosy picture of the industry, it is a hard job! There are many benefits to the industry however that may be just the right fit for the person trying to get started. I have been saying for years be careful who you listen to.
I am certainly not suggesting that you don’t ask your family and friends for advice as they are a great support group, however if they don’t have knowledge on your venture or they offer a negative vibe without knowing all the facts then make sure you talk to someone that has the proper information before making a final decision. You will be glad you did!
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an artist, author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com