Secret to Alleviating Chronic Pain?
Secret to Alleviating Chronic Pain? I once hired a kid from Arizona State University to help me with marketing. He asked me to explain what I do so he could prepare some materials. I thought about that for...
It was 1990. My soon to be ex-wife’s father was a long-haul driver for a Teamster outfit called Yellow Freight Trucking. He got me some night shift work—what was called casual work—unloading freight on a loading dock for $22 an hour.
That was the job I was working when my wife and I split up.
The guys on the loading dock liked me, which was unusual for a casual worker. I worked every night. Until I ended up wrecking a truck, which meant I was instantly fired. No questions asked.
That was on a Wednesday.
Thing is, back in the Air Force, I managed the largest fleet of vehicles in the U.S. military’s European theater.
After two days of sitting around, being depressed, I got my resume together, put on a shirt and tie, and went back to the same place I’d been fired from. They had a job for an inbound dock operations supervisor. That was on Friday, the same week I’d been fired.
The managers—guys I’d just worked with—looked at me like I was crazy.
“Look,” I said. “You know me. Know my work ethic. You know I know how things run here. I did this job in the Air Force, I’ll do it here, too.”
Long story short, I got the job. It might have been the worst thing that ever happened to me.
Suddenly, I’m walking through this gauntlet of 250 guys I used to work with … and suddenly I’m their boss.
That didn’t go over so well.
In fact, it kicked off the worst eight months of my life.