Can Dangerous Children Drive 18 Wheel Trucks?

Driving a truck is not glamorous, holds many risks and dangers, and is not paid as well as many other skills which 18 year-olds can easily master. But for certain types of young spirits, it may be the perfect path to quickly building a useful nest egg and launching pad.

All Forms of Transport Are Important

Ships, trains, trucks, planes, barges, and pipelines, all contribute to the moving of freight within and between national borders.

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International freight is transported by sea transport, rail, road, and by plane. National freight rides on river barges, rails, pipelines, planes, and 18 wheel trucks.

The image below displays the disproportionate amount of US national freight that is transported by both local and intercity freight trucks.

Transportation Cost Components US
https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/freight_analysis/econ_methods/lcdp_rep/index.htm

What’s In it For a Dangerous Child?

Trucking is an important skill, required by all thriving communities — just as flying planes, operating barges, and navigating sea routes are important skills. As you can see from the graphic above, trucking occupies a key role in US freight supplies. And for most youth, learning to drive a truck is a relatively quick, easy, and inexpensive way to achieve a marketable skill — optionally one of at least three skills that a Dangerous Child will need to master before his 18th birthday.

But are the trucking jobs there, for eager young life-builders with a sense of “on the road adventure,” seeking to acquire a cash stake?

There is a Shortage of US Truckers

As it happens, yes.

The industry reports a growing labor shortage — 63,000 open positions this year, a number expected to more than double in coming years — that could have wide-ranging impacts on the U.S. economy.

Nearly every item sold in the United States touches a truck at some point, which explains why the challenges facing the industry, including trucking companies rapidly raising prices as they raise wages, have special power to affect the entire economy. Already, delivery delays are common, and businesses such as Amazon, General Mills and Tyson Foods are raising prices as they pass higher transportation costs along to consumers. On a recent call with investors, a Walmart executive called rising transportation costs the company’s primary “head wind.” __ https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/americas-severe-trucker-shortage-could-undermine-the-prosperous-economy/2018/06/28/61c19e12-7595-11e8-b4b7-308400242c2e_story.html?

Trucking is not for everybody. It’s a hazardous job — like many jobs that are occupied almost entirely by men. Dangerous Children will have mastered enough skills by age 18 so that they can decide for themselves, based upon their inner sense of themselves.

There were more than 1,000 fatalities among motor vehicle operators in 2016, according to the Labor Department, meaning being a commercial driver is nearly eight times as deadly as being a law enforcement officer.

“It takes a special breed to be a trucker. It’s a tough job,” said Rick Rathburn Jr., the owner of TDDS, a school his late father started in the early 1970s. A trucking company recently tried to buy the entire school. __ WaPo

This Type of Job is a Stepping Stone

There are many reasons why an 18 year old Dangerous Child might choose to drive a truck for a year or few. Building a quick nest egg to finance new projects would rank near the top in a list. There are worse fates than finding oneself a 21 year-old with a few hundred thousand dollars in the bank and no debt.

A Dangerous Child could certainly make more money as a welder or an oil rig worker, but some DCs may want the experience of driving the roads under all conditions, seeing what things are really like in different parts of their country. Also, sitting in the cab of a truck gives a person a lot of time to think, and listen to audio books that are capable of giving him a better general education than most contemporary universities.

After a few years of working, a Dangerous Child might take part of his savings and enter a profession via higher education, or he might choose to open his own business — perhaps expanding on one of the various skills he will have mastered.

Better than Prison or Drowning in College Debt

The skilled trades offer generally higher wages to the 18 year old dangerous child — and there are a lot of them to choose from. Skilled trade jobs may be more likely to open into more long-lasting careers and business opportunities.

Many skilled jobs make it easier for the Dangerous Child to live in one place and establish roots — something that long distance trucking jobs often make difficult.

Only the Dangerous Child himself will know if he can adapt to a life on the road in a big rig, if only for a year or so. If the DC is a writer or songwriter, he is likely to find plenty of material on the road. In the end, it is the experience itself that leads most drivers to stay on the road.

More Jobs of All Kinds in a Prosperous Economy

From 2008 through 2016, the US and much of the western world were bogged down in economic doldrums which were mostly the manufactured result of bad government policy. Suddenly, after the 2016 elections, the US economy is beginning to act as if a heavy weight has been removed from its back. As a result, more jobs of all types are being offered.

CHICAGO – Today marks the U.S. economy’s second-longest [expansion] since 1785, according to new research released by global commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield. If this trend continues through July 1, 2019, the expansion of this economic cycle will officially be the longest on record. __ http://www.cushmanwakefield.com/en/news/2018/05/us-economy-enters-second-largest-expansion

It may be a coincidence of market timing that current US prosperity began when it did, but if economic expansion suits your purpose, it is best to take advantage. And Dangerous Children will find many ways to take advantage of economic conditions, whatever they may be.

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What is the Reason for Living?

Bringing up a Dangerous Child is always challenging, often thrilling, and sometimes terrifying. Most of us have come to terms with the reasons we are doing this and the other important things in our lives. But the Dangerous Child has not had our experiences or had the chance to test different perspectives and attitudes against the real world. An essential part of Dangerous Child training is inserting “big picture” concepts regularly, to make the child comfortable seeing his own life from an eagle’s eye perspective.

Ikigai: Reason for Being
https://singularityhub.com/2018/06/15/the-more-people-with-purpose-the-better-the-world-will-be/

The ability to step outside one’s own life and observe what one is doing and where one is heading, is invaluable in the discovery of one’s own purpose, or reason for being. This purpose or reason is one’s orienting platform and launching pad to the future.

Ultimately, having a purpose ignites meaning and lasting happiness. It means waking up in the morning with a sense of anticipation for the day. After all, a human life is far too precious to be spent on meaningless or mediocre goals. __ https://singularityhub.com/2018/06/15/the-more-people-with-purpose-the-better-the-world-will-be/

Here is an exercise from Peter Diamandis meant to help a person to discover personal goals which they would find compelling and sustaining:

Step one: Write down the top three items you are most excited about or get you most riled up (that you want to solve).

Step two: For each of the three problems listed above, ask the following six questions and score each from 1-10.
(1 = small difference; 10 = big difference)

ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS
1. If at the end of [a given time] you had made a significant dent in this area, how proud would you feel?
2. Given the resources you have today, what level of impact could you make in the next three years if you solved this problem?
3. Given the resources you expect to have in 10 years, what level of impact could you make in a 3-year period?
4. How well do I understand the problem?
5. How emotionally charged (excited or riled up) am I about this?
6. Will this problem get solved with or without you involved?

TOTAL = Add up your scores and identify the idea with the highest score. This is your winner for now. Does this one intuitively feel right to you? __ Motivating Power

The results of this exercise will be different at age 10 than at age 18. And far different still at the age of 30 or 40. But it is crucial that Dangerous Children begin to think in terms of setting self-motivating goals from an early age.

Jordan Peterson is famous for his emphasis on striving for meaning and purpose rather than striving for happiness. Below is a video segment from a lecture, with some ideas on living a meaningful life:

Peterson’s “self-authoring software” and “Understand Myself” self-assessment will help Dangerous Children and others to learn where they are strong and weak, and to better visualise themselves as they set goals and move into the future.

This type of honest self-assessment and realistic projection of one’s goal-driven efforts into the future, combine to provide one with more realistic maps for navigating their lives.

Dangerous Children master at least three different ways of financial self-support by the age of eighteen. But they will not be content with just being financially self-supporting. They never stop learning and they never stop setting goals.

Should Dangerous Children Follow Their Passion?

Once a youth reaches the place where his future is in his own hands, as long as his “passion” is informed by a deep wisdom inside himself, then why not?

In a previous post we looked at Mike Rowe’s advice: “Don’t follow your passion!” But we should be clear that Rowe was talking to today’s average sheltered, pampered, mis-educated young person, with essentially no real world experience or savvy. A Dangerous Child with at least three self-supporting skills mastered and tucked under his belt is in an altogether different category. With his broad range of hard-won competencies, the Dangerous Child has a good idea what to expect in the broader world — and is fairly well set to begin dealing with it.

But for ordinary youth, following their passion is more likely to be a recipe for disaster.

When I say, “don’t follow your passion,” some people get upset because they think I am saying, “don’t follow the goal of being passionate about your work.” But I’m not saying this. Passion is great. I just don’t see a lot of evidence that passion is something existing naturally, waiting to be discovered. It takes hard work and planning to develop.

… we rarely talk about what true passion feels like. The sensation of excitement about a particular idea is often a different sensation than the type of deep passion that drives people into a fulfilling career. Excitement comes and goes. True passion arises after you’ve put in the long hours to really become a craftsman in your field and can then leverage this value to really have an impact, to gain autonomy and respect, to control your occupational destiny.

… there is no special passion waiting for you to discover. Passion is something that is cultivated. It can be cultivated in many, many different fields. Therefore, it doesn’t make sense to say, “I don’t know what my passion is.” What does make sense is to say, “I haven’t yet cultivated a passion, I should really focus down on a small number of things and start this process.” __ https://www.theminimalists.com/cal/

More: To find the work you love, don’t follow your passion.

As Mike Rowe said in the video above: Don’t follow your passion. But always take it with you.

For generations now, parents have trusted the raising and education of their children to large institutions which are indifferent (at best) to the ultimate fate of these children. Kids deserve better.