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Make Yourself Indispensable

By Brandon Baxter - Staff Writer
Posted Feb 27th 2023 8:00AM

When starting in a new job, many folks take just want to learn and focus on the role they were hired for. If they’re hired to just answer phones, then they’d make sure to learn just that role. That’s it. If they’re brought into a company to simply process paperwork, or maybe they’re a sales or tech specialist, then that’s what they do. Focus on the task at hand.

But some folks out there excel at more than just one thing, which makes them more indispensable than those who are only masters of one craft. Please keep in mind, there’s no reason to call out anyone who is just doing their job. Those folks and their skillsets matter, too.

Jack of Some Trades

When dipping your toes into the waters of expedite freight, it’s encouraged to wade into the new situation with an open mind. As has been discussed on many an occasion, hauling expedite freight is entirely different than your typical over-the-road gig. So why wouldn’t someone want to learn all they can with such a blossoming opportunity?

Learning each nuanced possibility within the expedite realm will keep drivers up to snuff with what’s going on around them. Understanding that some areas of the country are better for expedite freight than other areas, this is an education that is best reached through experience. Sometimes a driver might pick these lessons up from watching or listening to someone else, perhaps another driver who is just slightly more seasoned. But that’s precisely why conversations around the truck stop countertop are hard to ignore. To pass along information, to learn from someone else’s experience, and to dole out your own brand of wisdom when it’s asked for.

Becoming an individual who knows how to do most things well, but also one who knows how to do a few other things exceptionally well, is a key to succeeding in this industry.

Master of Other Trades

It’s also more than okay for a driver to become exceptional at performing certain tasks, without feeling the need to be great at everything. Again, that’s how growth and education affect people who are trying to be the best they can be. Know your weaknesses and work on improving them. Know your strengths and find ways to accentuate them. Figure out what you’re best at and pass along what you know to the next driver. And the things you’re not exceptionally great at, keep working at them until you’re more than adequate. That way, when your moment comes to stand-out and shine, you’ll be able to perform your task(s) admirably.

That’s what’s great about making yourself indispensable to your company, your truck, or your partnership. Knowing how to operate and manage in different situations or learning how to properly pre-trip, or accept a load offer, and then passing that knowledge onto the next person. Making yourself vital to the cause, or company, provides opportunities to grow and to seek out further success.