Contributing author Joey Slaughter is the owner of Blue Ridge Transport, LLC. A Ringgold, VA based carrier. Joey started his company in 2010 after serving time as an unhappy employee with a local trucking company. The time spent there was not fun but, in hindsight, was a turning point that propelled Joey into the wonderful world of being an entrepreneur. Please visit JoeySlaughter.net for more insightful blogging.
I had to deliver a load of lumber to a new apartment complex in Wilmington, NC. The only problem was that the road to the site looked more like a mud bog after a recent snow and lots of rain. There was a flatbed ahead of me that had to unload. I watched as he spun in the 8 inches of muck all the way around the building to the unloading point. I walked back there to see if he made it and somehow he did. On the way out after unloading, he passed me and yelled out his window, “Whatever you do, don’t stop after you get going!” A great confidence builder for me considering I’m pulling a low clearance 53′ step deck!
I spoke with the site foreman and he reassured me that they had bull dozers on site to push me out if I got stuck. I had a better idea though; I suggested that I unload from a better area. Wow, who would’ve known that my idea would’ve worked too? Don’t let others intimidate you into doing something you’re not comfortable with. I would’ve probably damaged my truck and trailer if I tried to unload where they first wanted me to. And if that happened, it would’ve all been on me.