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It’s How You ‘See’ It

By on July 1, 2016

BY: David A. Kolman, Senior Editor

Attitude makes the difference

With truck driving comes problems, stress, aggravation and many other things you cannot control. However, you have complete control over your attitude. Everything boils down to a matter of attitude, and attitude is a state of mind.

A positive, upbeat attitude helps you cope more easily with the daily affairs of life, because it brings optimism and helps deal constructively with worries and negative thoughts.

Growing up, my dear father transferred a great deal of wisdom to me, even though I didn’t always know it at the time. However, one piece of advice I took to heart almost immediately was, “If you develop and strengthen a positive attitude, and persistently endeavor to give your best effort, you will ultimately overcome any immediate problems and find you are ready for other challenges.”

Play Make-Believe

A positive attitude is something everyone can work on. It comes from believing in yourself, improving the attitude you hold toward yourself and others, and canceling any negative thoughts that interfere with a confident, but not arrogant attitude.

Start replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, and you will start experiencing positive results.

Believe it or not, many successful people do this by playing make-believe with their attitudes. Muhammad Ali, arguably boxing’s most celebrated athlete, said, “To be a great champion, you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.”


No matter how hard we try, everyone makes a mistake and faces failure every now and again. That’s just part of life. The important thing is our attitudes about mistakes and failures, and how we react to them.

The best attitude is developed by accepting and appreciating mistakes for what they are: lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Mistakes and failures are keys to success, because each one teaches something.

Death of a Colleague

Many years ago, I worked for a most unorthodox small trucking company. As I arrived at work one day, I noticed a bunch of other truckers standing before the entrance to the dispatch office. All were concentrating on a large sign that hung above the door.

I read the sign and was startled by its message: “Yesterday, the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to pay your respects in the area that has been prepared in the drivers’ room.”

We were all saddened by the death of one of our colleagues. We wondered who that person was.

One by one, we lined up to pay our respects to the unknown person in the coffin. As the drivers leaned over and peered inside, the sudden, shocked look on their faces spoke volumes. It was as if someone had touched the very depths of their souls.

There, inside the coffin, was a mirror. Everyone who looked inside could see themselves. Next to the mirror was a sign that read. “There is only one person who is capable of setting limits to your growth, and it is you.”

What You Think

Your life doesn’t change when your boss changes, or when you change jobs, or when your friends change, or when you relocate, and so on. Your life changes when you change, when you go beyond the limitations of your own beliefs.

Examine yourself. Don’t be afraid of difficulties, troubles and losses. Be a winner by building yourself and your reality. It’s the way you face life that makes the difference.

It is not what actually happens, but what you think is happening that matters. To achieve greater success in your professional driving career and in your personal life it is always best to develop and keep an upbeat, positive attitude.

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