After Eight Months, I Got Laid Off From My Trucking Supervisor’s Job

After eight months, I got laid off from my trucking supervisor job.

I ended up taking a new job that was way beneath my pay grade.

What do I mean by that?

Used to be I’d unload 11,000 trucks a night with a workforce of 250 Teamsters. This new job, when I got there, they were unloading—get this—two trailers a night using eleven guys.

I was like, Really? Okay. No problem.

I made some changes right off. Time was, I used to unload six trailers a night by myself. Eleven guys to do two felt like overkill to me. So I scaled those eleven guys back to seven.

Man, I still look back on that job and it makes me smile. I learned how to delegate. Most of my job was walking the floor and building consensus with my team. It was great.

Then one night, I saw this woman who worked for the same company. We met face to face at a gathering and I knew then I was going to marry her. No kidding.

Three months later, we were married.

Thirty-one years later, we’re still married. With two great kids and five wonderful grandkids.

If there’s a moral to this story, I guess it’s that things happen for a reason.

Experience has taught me not to get in the way of that

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