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Trucking and the Economy-You CAN Make It


We all know the struggles that the economy has brought upon the trucking industry.  At present, nearly 40,000 trucking companies went under in 2008.  Over 100,000 truck drivers found themselves without a job and only those companies where everyone pulls together toward the same goal will survive.   In a time where everything is so fast and a “need it now” attitude, it’s good to sometimes  consider those things that are really important.

Yesterday I was the guest speaker for a Safety Banquet for Pipeline Transportation out of Jacksonville, Florida. Although I spoke about the economy, trucking companies, truck driving jobs, trucking careers, and how to know if you are in a good trucking company“, the most profound and impact filled part of the event FOR ME, was a video which was presented by the President of the company, Mark Anderson, a man who gives nothing less than 100% of himself. I would like to share this video with you today, and I hope it inspires you and opens your eyes to what you can do for yourself as well as others ( as it did me). During difficult times in life ( the economy included), we need to watch and see what can be accomplished when, passion,

commitment, and belief become part of our daily equation.

Please Read before watching: You know that the Triathlon is the ultimate endurance sport event.  Consisting of a 2.4 miles swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run … ALL DONE BACK TO BACK!

A son asked his father if he would compete in a triathlon with him.  Even though his father had a heart condition, he loved his son so much, that he couldn’t say no.  So, the father told him “yes”….and competed in the triathlon with his son.

Watch this profound video of the Triathlon event . . . it’s a little break from trucking, and that reminder . . . of those “more imporant things.”.  This video has had over 9 million views. After watching, I think you will see the point I’m trying to make. Please feel  free to leave your comments.

Allen & Donna Smith

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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16 Responses to Trucking and the Economy-You CAN Make It. - Post a Comment

  1. Thomas Brown

    WOW!! If you have a dry eye after watching the video I would suspect that you don’t have a heart!!

  2. Susan Preston

    What a beautiful story! It’s an inspiration to us all. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  3. Allen Smith

    Hi Thomas: Great minds think alike! LOL … That is the exact same thing I said to Donna! thanks….Allen

  4. Allen Smith

    Hello Susan! I thought it was the best thing I’ve ever seen … thanks for the comment……Allen

  5. Thierry Janin

    my heart is gone a while ago…

    thanks for everything Allen, your website is helping me a lot.
    I’ll buy your e-books for sure !

    oh and I’ll try to stay awake ’till your radio show starts, it will be about 4 a.m. here.

  6. Samuel Allison

    YES WE CAN achieve high expectations!

  7. Jeff Fischer

    If we all lived with the love of Christ in our heart and let it flow through us to everyone we met; what a different world this would be. Thanks for sharing God’s love through this video.

  8. Randy

    What an inspirational video. Made me definately cry. Best video I’ve seen in a long time. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Rob Harrell

    We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Wonderful video. Loving father,doesn’t matter what his children are.This is so powerful and the way our father loves us also. God is Love!!

  10. Allen Smith

    Thanks to everyone for your comments. This is a great video…I watch it everyday…..glad we could help get this out to those who may have missed it…..Allen

  11. Phyllis Federico

    Hi Allen & Donna, WOW! I must admit it doesn’t take much to bring tears to my eyes, and this surely did, but you would have to be made of stone not to feel love in this video. Thanks for sharing it. Love to you both. Phyllis

  12. Allen Smith

    Hey, Phillis: Good to hear from you…glad you enjoyed the video….thanks for the comment….all our best – Allen & Donna

  13. don osbon

    Awesome message of CAN, but we must ask to recieve

  14. Charles Estelle

    That makes you stop and think about what is important
    in your life right now.Thank you Allen.

  15. Dr. Ethan Hagen

    Allen, What a humbling thing to witness. And to think, I complain about getting up 15 minutes early to do some jumping jacks before helping get three perfectly healthy children ready for school in the morning. This post will change that. I really appreciate what you do here. Thank You

  16. Allen Smith

    Thanks everyone for the comments. Your comments always bring me back to this video and helps to jolt me back into reality and what is really important. thanks again … Allen

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