The Law of the Garbage Truck
David J. Pollay wrote a wonderful book, The Law of Garbage Truck that is based on current research on happiness and wellbeing. Raymond D. Fowler, former President of the American Psychological Association says that readers who seriously commit to these principles will find their lives, their work and their relationships fulfilling.
How often does a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive relative ruin your day with a thoughtless action, an angry rant, or a snide remark? And how often you ruined someone else’s day?
A little over twenty years ago, while riding in a New York City taxi, syndicated columnist and business consultant David J. Pollay narrowly escaped a life-threatening car crash. Here is his account of how it happened and how he learnt one of the most valuable lessons in life from a taxi driver:
I hopped in a taxi, and 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 brakes, 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 in a friendly manner. I was surprised and said, “Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!”
The taxi driver’s response was: 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 (negativity, anger, resentment) 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 for what you did.
The response of the taxi driver sparked the defining principle of the Law of the Garbage Truck for Pollay. Think how often do you let garbage trucks run right over you? And how often do you take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, on the streets? Can you see the Garbage trucks coming with the load they are carrying and looking for drop it off? Can you like the David J. Pollay’s taxi driver learn not to take it as a personal thing and just smile, wave, wish them well and move on?
In The Law of the Garbage Truck, David J. Pollay shows you how to respond to people who dump on you, and how to stop dumping on others. His message is simple, powerful, and transformational. Once you have taken The No Garbage Trucks! Pledge, you – and everyone around you – will realize the benefits!
Successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day. What about you? Can you imagine what would happen in your life and how happy you will be, starting today, if you let Garbage Trucks pass you by?