Episode 50: How You Can Survive and Thrive When Rates are Down

AUGUST 13, 2019

In this episode, Larry and I discuss how Blue Ribbon manages to survive and grow in a market where rates are down. With the news breaking nearly every week that another trucking firm has closed its doors and left drivers out of work, how is it that we are growing our fleet and looking for new opportunities? The answer lies in the foundation of the company and the decision that are made when we acquire equipment and how we operate it. We also discuss what to do when you want to get your own truck and the perils of lease/purchase contracts.

Posted on August 13, 2019 .

Episode 49: Introducing Larry W. Long - Owner of Blue Ribbon Logistical Solutions

AUGUST 3, 2019

This is the episode I’ve been waiting 18 months to produce. From the moment I met Larry Long, I knew he would be the perfect addition to this podcast. He is a great storyteller and has an unbelievable wealth of knowledge and experience. He’s owned and worked in multiple businesses and industries for nearly 50 years. In this episode, we talk about the unconventional route he took to end up in the trucking industry and allow him to explain his passion for helping drivers and for giving them the opportunity to own and operate their own successful trucking business.

Check out our website www.bluieribbonlogisticalsolutions.com

Posted on August 3, 2019 .

Episode 44: Dissecting A Decade - 2014

FEBRUARY 22, 2019

This is a special series on the decade that made me. Each episode will chronicle my journey from 2008-2018 through successes and failures, and ultimately to redemption.

Posted on February 22, 2019 .

Episode 43: Dissecting A Decade - 2013

FEBRUARY 15, 2019

This is a special series on the decade that made me. Each episode will chronicle my journey from 2008-2018 through successes and failures, and ultimately to redemption.

Posted on February 15, 2019 .

Episode 42: Dissecting A Decade - 2012

FEBRUARY 8, 2019

This is a special series on the decade that made me. Each episode will chronicle my journey from 2008-2018 through successes and failures, and ultimately to redemption.

Posted on February 8, 2019 .

Episode 41: Dissecting A Decade - 2011

FEBRUARY 1, 2019

This is a special series on the decade that made me. Each episode will chronicle my journey from 2008-2018 through successes and failures, and ultimately to redemption.

Posted on February 1, 2019 .

Episode 40: Dissecting A Decade - 2010

JANUARY 25, 2019

This is a special series on the decade that made me. Each episode will chronicle my journey from 2008-2018 through successes and failures, and ultimately to redemption.

Posted on January 25, 2019 .

Episode 39: Dissecting A Decade: 2009

JANUARY 18, 2019

This is a special series on the decade that made me. Each episode will chronicle my journey from 2008-2018 through successes and failures, and ultimately to redemption.

Posted on January 18, 2019 .

Episode 38: Dissecting A Decade - 2008

JANUARY 11, 2019

This is a special series on the decade that made me. Each episode will chronicle my journey from 2008-2018 through successes and failures, and ultimately to redemption.

Posted on January 11, 2019 .

Episode 37: The Problems with Black Smoke Matters

JANUARY 9, 2019

I saw an article today on Business Insider that I need to discuss. The “trucker rights” group Black Smoke Matters is getting attention in the media for the shutdown/strike they have planned in April 2019. This group does not represent me and I will not be associated with them in any way. 

Link: Business Insider article on Driver Wages in the 1970’s and the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 

Link: Business Insider article on ELD’s

Link:  The Book - The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the Economy Bigger  

 

Posted on January 9, 2019 .

Episode 36: What I Wish I Knew in 2010

JANUARY 3, 2019

It’s been eight years since I made the decision that began my journey through being an owner/operator and back again. There has been both success and failure along the way. The lessons were all valuable and all learned the hard way. In this episode I reflect on eight years and talk about what I wish I had known in 2010. It would’ve made all the difference.

Posted on January 3, 2019 .

Episode 35: Dedicated Freight - A Love/Hate Relationship

OCTOBER 5, 2018

Over the years I’ve run on a few dedicated accounts. I’m currently serving a dedicated customer hauling residential windows and doors. Hauling dedicated is perfect for some drivers because it give them a firm schedule they can count on. For others dedicated is boring and monotonous. In this episode I talk about the good and bad of dedicated freight.

Email: anamericantruckdriver@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/anamericantruckdriver

You can support the show with a monthly donation as little as $2 per month at www.patreon.com/anamericantruckdriver

Posted on October 5, 2018 .

Episode 34: Where Do I Start?

OCTOBER 4, 2018

I got an email from Rodney and he wanted to know where to begin when wanting to buy a truck and get started as an Owner/Operator. In this episode I’ll read his email and tell you about my response to him and give my take on when and how to get started.

Email: anamericantruckdriver@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/anamericantruckdriver

You can support the show with a monthly donation as little as $2 per month at www.patreon.com/anamericantruckdriver

Posted on October 4, 2018 .

Episode 33: Health, Behavior, and Identity

OCTOBER 3, 2018

This lifestyle is hard on our bodies. Making changes for our health involves behavior modification. In this episode I’m going to talk about what I think leads to behavior modification - identity.

Email: anamericantruckdriver@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amamericantruckdriver

Support the show with a monthly donation at www.patreon.com/anamericantruckdriver

Posted on October 3, 2018 .

Episode 32: Sometimes You Have to Work for Free

September 26, 2018

How hard would you work for someone if you weren’t getting paid? What level of performance and dedication would you offer if you knew you wouldn’t get any money in return? Two stories I’ve run across in the last week have taught me a lesson about effort being tied to compensation.

The first was an interview with Dan Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy). His compensation for his first gig with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour? They paid for his hotel room. No travel. No talent fee. He had just come home off the road when his agent called with the opportunity. One of the greatest shows in comedy history may not have happened if Dan decided his time was too valuable than to go to Nashville and not get paid for it.

The second was about NASCAR Camping World Series and Xfinity Series driver Ross Chastain. Chastain is a eighth generation watermelon farmer from Florida. He’s been racing in NASCAR for a few years, but has never had an opportunity to drive a really good car for a quality team. He scored a three race deal with Champion car owner Chip Ganassi. He won the pole position for the first race at Darlington and got caught up in a wreck while leading. He won the second race at Las Vegas. In the final race at Richmond he finished second. His pay for the three races? $0 He drove that car for free. It should be obvious that showing the skill to nearly win three races in a row should be enough to get him a ride. Maybe not. There is no guarantee. Without sponsorship, he may never get another competitive ride. Do you think he poured all of his effort, talent, and skill into driving that car for which he got no compensation? I’d say yes.

In this episode I talk about how we can relate these lessons to trucking and how much we give of ourselves and our skill even if we aren’t getting paid what we think we deserve.

Interview with Larry the Cable Guy

Ross Chastain Driving (and winning) in Chip Ganassi’s NASCAR Xfinity Car For Free

Posted on September 26, 2018 .

Episode 31: What Do You Do When Your Worst Day Comes?

September 23, 2018

I’ve been there. Your broke, your truck is broke, and you have no clue how you‘re going to make it. I got a text message from an acquaintance asking for help with a broken truck. Our experiences are similar. I talk about what i told him and how we can insulate ourselves from these problems and how to be prepared when that day comes.

Posted on September 23, 2018 .