JAM with Mike

An Archive of Mike Osorio’s Jammin’ twice-weekly email service

The Law of the Garbage Truck

Thursday March 26, 2009 #107

\”In any interaction, you either gain share or lose share. So treat every interaction as kind of a precious moment in time.\”  

~Mitt Romney

From JAMmer CG:

The Law of the Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the left-hand lane when suddenly a car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.

My taxi driver slammed on the brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, \’Why did you just do that? That guy almost wrecked your car and sent us to the hospital!\’

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, \’The Law of the Garbage Truck.\’

He explained that 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 piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they\’ll dump it on you. Don\’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don\’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people don\’t let garbage trucks take over their day. Life\’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.


April 5, 2009 - Posted by | conflict resolution, intention | ,


  1. Thanks for posting this great story! My name is Dawn, and I work with David J. Pollay, the author of The Law of the Garbage Truck™ – Beware of Garbage Trucks™! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that you can read the original story on David’s blog davidjpollay.typepad.com. I know he’d love to have you stop by!

    Also check out the video of people in New York City taking the No Garbage Trucks!™ Pledge: bewareofgarbagetrucks.com. It’s pretty cool.

    Thanks again!



    Comment by Dawn Lynn | May 4, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thank you for the referral to the original author, Dawn! David’s site is terrific and I have subscribed to his blog postings.

    Comment by Mike Osorio | May 9, 2009 | Reply

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