Motivational Success Story – A Teenager and a Dump Truck

4518647403_cb3f34284cHere is a great motivational success story. I met a colleague this week from Miami, Florida. He was actually conducting an audit at my place of business. At the end of the day we struck up a conversation. He told me the short version of his family’s story, and how they came to the US from Cuba when he was only three years old. That is a great story in itself. This young man, however, followed in his father’s footsteps and learned how to work hard at a very young age. This is his story. 

When he was a teenager his parents said that only he or his sister would be able to attend college, but not both.  Since, as he put it, his sister was smarter than he was, she should be the one to go. Today she is a doctor in New York. What this young man decided to do was to buy a dump truck at the age of 18 and go to work on a road construction crew. Yes, you read that line correctly! He bought his own dump truck and began hauling rock and gravel! He was paid $35 an hour. The job boss never thought he would make it, but eventually he became one of the best drivers on the site. He always showed up early and stayed to haul the last load of the day because he desperately wanted the work. It wasn’t long before he bought a second and then a third truck, and hired two drivers to run those as well. When he finally decided to move on from this business, he sold the trucks to the construction firm for what he had originally paid, and received his investment back. Today he works for a large corporation as well as buying and selling real estate.

If you know me, then you know that I really enjoy stories like this. I love to see people take a risk based on their own hard work.  What they realize is that if they bet on themselves and their ability to work hard, they will do all right. This young man did just that and was wildly successful.

So can this be true for you? Well yes, I think it can. Specifically, an 18 year old today can legally buy a dump truck and go to work with it. You can commercially drive a truck like this in most states as long as you don’t cross any borders.  So this story could be repeated even today. But what if today there isn’t a lot of business for a dump truck in your area? Could one be used up in North Dakota where business is booming right now? Absolutely! There are enormous opportunities in North Dakota for every type of industry because of the current oil boom. If you don’t have anything tying you down, why not take advantage of the opportunity? According to recent reports the oil boom could last for 100 years based on current production. If you are able to make the move, perhaps it would be smart to take advantage of 3.8% unemployment (which means if you want a job, you can have a job) and much higher than average wages.

Even in your own area, unemployment may be high, but it is not always easy to find employees that have a good work ethic. If you have skills and know how to work hard, go find a place to use them. This young man from Cuba did that very thing, and today his story has inspired me and hopefully has inspired you!

Do you know a great motivational success story like this one? Perhaps it is your own story. If so, I would love to hear it. Please shoot me a reply. I promise to be inspired! If you are looking for ideas, scroll down, subscribe and get a free download of my business ideas e-book. Thanks for reading!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!