The fact is, not all people are cracked up to be truckers. There are personality traits that give certain people a leg up on success in the trucking industry.
1. You have to be able to resist temptation. Life on the road is full of temptations, and most of them are not very good for you. Drugs, unhealthy food, and alcohol are just a few of the temptations that truck drivers have to contend with every day. The most successful truck drivers are the ones who are able to say no to things that aren’t good for them.
2. A successful truck driver has to be able to let it go. The best truckers don’t obsess or hold grudges over mistakes that happen on the road. Being able to let other people’s mistakes go (both on the road and off) is something good truck drivers do every day.
3. Being ultra-competitive is really bad for truckers. If you always want to be first to your destination or in the lane that’s moving the fastest, not only are you adding to your own stress levels, but you could also be taking risks that could put yourself and other drivers at risk. The best truck drivers know that slow and steady wins the race.
4. The best truckers are self-reliant. The fact is, you’re on your own a lot. A really successful truck driver not only has to be okay with being alone a lot, but they also have to be able trust themselves to make good decisions and to find their own solutions to problems that they might encounter on the road.