What are you doing to out perform your competitors? You are an Owner-Operator and your are self-employed, even though you may be leased to a large carrier, every other truck out there is your competition. You may think I'm only one man with one truck how can I compete with the 5 million other trucks in North America? The answer is you don't compete with them, you compete with YOURSELF!
Take a look at yourself, your family, garage and especially your truck. Are they all perfect? Of course not, however they all should be a work in progress. The most important item in your life is your body and health, we all know that without health we have nothing and how are you going to improve the other aspects of your life if you can't physically do it. Walk more each day, eat more vegetables and fruit.
Brad Ekstam the owner of the FASS Fuel Systems told me he just lost 21 pounds by eating a large lunch and just vegetables for dinner. I'm doing that now and just lost 9 pounds. Get rid of those cigarettes and cut way back on the alcohol. Minor changes over a period of months will make a difference. Being self employed, your physical appearance does make a difference. A dress shirt with your company name and your personal name helps people to know you and sets you ahead of the next guy.
Many of the articles compiled here where written by Bruce Mallinson. Attribution to other contributors is given in the specific articles.