It’s been just a little over 3 months since Destiny Star hit the road. She has traveled to the US and across western provinces, to date. My husband and I are always being asked about the ladies on the truck and what the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada is all about. We are happy to give out hero cards and quite often people ask to take a picture with Destiny Star. Recently at a US Customs port a CBP officer said he had read an article about Destiny Star and thought it was a great idea! He loved getting a hero card. So for all the nay Sayers….Nana nanana!!! Some of you may think that’s a childish reaction, and to be quite frank, it is. Hopefully it will entice you to keep reading this article.
Many times I was told it’s not a good idea, to the point where I started to doubt myself. Thankfully I have good people around me who pushed me to keep trudging forward. Too many to mention by name, but thank you for believing.
I try to attend as many industry related conferences, seminars, meetings, truck shows and educational events as I can, what never ceases to amaze me is the attitude of various people from within our industry. From the grassroots all the way to the top executive. So often I have had ideas dismissed with the given impression of “you don’t know what you’re talking about”.
Our industry has been broken for quite sometime, it’s time to fix it from the inside out. Change begins with us. Take the time to listen and talk with the up and coming generation, you’d be surprised at what you can learn from them if you would only LISTEN. This is our next generation of leaders, if we don’t scare them away. We spend countless hours doing research, and surveys, wasting time and money, these only produce more studies and research, yielding little or no effective, concrete solutions.
It’s time to say goodbye to the old boys club mentality, let our future leaders have a voice !!! We should have an open mind and think outside the box to make our industry flourish once again. If this is not a solution to you, then I’m sorry to say you are part of the problem. These young leaders need your support, encouragement and wisdom to help them succeed. Are they perfect? No , Will they have failures? Yes . But failures are stepping stones on the road to success. With each failure they will learn and grow just as we did. So what do you have to lose, give them a chance.
To those of you struggling to be heard, never give up! Sometimes we have to step outside of our comfort zone to produce results. If I can do it, you can do it.