Category: Motivational

Never Let the Garbage Truck Run Over You (Email I Received)…

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.

David J. Pollay explains his story in this way….

Sixteen years ago, I learned this lesson. I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab. Here’s what happened. I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. 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 breaks, skidded, and missed the other car’s back end by just inches!

The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean…he was friendly. So, I said, “Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!”

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.”

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.”

Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. Love the people who treat you right . Forget about the ones who don’t. Believe that everything happens for a reason.

Never let the garbage truck run over you….

Dee Hock – Founder of Visa Quote…

“The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into our mind, but how to get the old ones out. Every mind is a room packed with archaic furniture.

You must get the old furniture of what you know, think and believe out before anything new can get in”

Dee Hock – Founder of Visa

The Don’t Quit Poem…

  • “When things go wrong as they sometimes will.
  • When the road your trudging seems all up hill.
  • When funds are low and depts are high.
  • And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
  • When care is pressing you down a bit.
  • Rest if you must but do not quit.
  • Life is queer with its twists and turns.
  • As every one of us sometimes learns.
  • And many a failure turn about, when he might have won had he stuck it out.
  • Don’t give up though the pace may seem slow.
  • You may succeed with another blow.
  • Success is failure turned inside out.
  • The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
  • And you never can tell how close you are.
  • It may be near when it seems so far.
  • So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit.
  • It is when things seem worst that you must not quit.”

Inspirational Blind Musician…

I don’t normally watch Extreme Makeover Home Edition but I happened to catch it tonight. Patrick Henry is a very inspirational person. During the show he had a great quote: “I see blindness not as a disability but more an ability and sight actually more as disability because some people with sight tend to judge others by what they see on the outside whereas I don’t see that, I just see that which is within a person. You hear all of the different color adjectives: black, white, red, yellow. Those have no meaning to me whatsoever, I just see that which is in a person.”

Great Quote from St. Augustine of Hippo…


I am reading 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler’s Life List (Paperback) and in one of the first chapters I found a great quote.  “The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only one page.”  -St. Augustine of Hippo