October 19, 2008

“THE LAW OF THE GARBAGE TRUCK”

Posted in Philosophy, Thoughts tagged , , , , , , , at 6:02 am by randallbutisingh

“THE LAW OF THE GARBAGE TRUCK”

By David J Pollay.

How often do you let other people’s nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly one can get back their focus on what’s important. Some years ago I learned this lesson in the back of a New York City taxi cab. Here’s what happened:

I was riding in a taxi in Manhattan. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car’s back end by just inches! Amazingly, instead of apologizing, the driver of the other car, turned his head around and started yelling obscene words at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy, and continued in his friendly demeanor.

So, I said, ‘Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital and you just waved and smiled!’

And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck.’

‘Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. When someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You’ll be happy you did.’

So this was it: The ‘Law of the Garbage Truck.’ I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home, on the streets? It was that day I said, ‘I’m not going to do it anymore.’

Well, now ‘I see Garbage Trucks.’ I see the load they’re carrying. I see them coming to drop it off. And like my Taxi Driver, I don’t make it a personal thing; I just smile, wave, wish them well, and I move on.

One of my favorite football players of all time, Walter Payton, did this every day on the football field. He would jump up as quickly as he hit the ground after being tackled.

He never dwelled on a hit. Payton was ready to make the next play his best. Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting.

Good parents know that they have to welcome their children home from school with hugs and kisses. Leaders and parents know that they have to be fully present, and at their best for the people they care about.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day.

— By: David J. Polley

http://www.bewareofgarbagetrucks.com/home.htm

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1 Comment »

  1. Chris said,

    Thanks for posting this great story! My name is Chris, and I work with David J. Pollay, the author of The Law of the Garbage Truck™ – Beware of Garbage Trucks™! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that you can read the original story on David’s blog davidjpollay.typepad.com. I know he’d love to have you stop by!

    Also check out the video of people in New York City taking the No Garbage Trucks!™ Pledge: bewareofgarbagetrucks.com. It’s pretty cool.

    Thanks again!

    Chris

    chris@bewareofgarbagetrucks.com


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