BAY CITY, MICHIGAN – November 5, 2018. Often the careers that we find ourselves in are not where we thought we would be years ago. Dan has been a Company Driver with Go-To Transport for just over five years and growing up, he didn’t see himself in a truck, but as a priest. I spoke with him about his journey into the driving profession, and his interests when he’s not in the driver’s seat.
Company Driver, Dan C.
“I did not always want to be a truck driver. I wanted to be a priest. Unfortunately, when I was in high school I was hanging with the wrong crowd and lost a ten-year-old sister, Jeannie, to a brain aneurysm. I turned to my friends and partying for comfort,” he began. “After high school I got a job with the Ironworkers Union Local 25 and did that for eleven years. I wound up finding my way back to God and my vocation to the priesthood was still there, but with the constant layoffs, I was in serious debt. That's when I decided to give driving a truck a try. After seven years of driving, I am finally out of debt and trying to get into a seminary.”
Congrats on being debt-free! To get to that point over the course of seven years is impressive and something to be proud of.
Photos of two of the trucks Dan has driven while at Go-To Transport.
How did you find out about Go-To Transport?
“I would see Go-To trucks around during my first two years of driving, and asked other drivers how they liked driving for them,” said Dan. “Everyone said they loved driving for them so after I got my two years of experience, I applied and was hired at Go-To.”
If there is a common thread that I could find among everyone who works at Go-To, it’s that they simply like where they work so it was great to hear Dan echo those statements as well.
Dan, what’s a typical week like for you?
“A typical work week for me is getting up on Monday, heading into work, and running as much as I can until Friday night or Saturday morning,” he remarked. “The more time I spend driving and less time sitting makes for a great week.”
Staying busy is a good thing! And that leads perfectly into my next question about the work and life balance. How do you make it all work?
“I find balancing my life with work difficult for the most part. Trying to squeeze everything in a short weekend can be burdensome. I make the best use of my home time as I can with what I can do,” said Dan. “I usually try to get my truck maintenance done on a Monday and spend the entire day running the errands that can only be done during weekdays at that time.”
Taking a step back from the truck, one thing that we have at Go-To Transport is an active driver community through Facebook. Often members share photos of their travels, videos, questions about the job, etc., but I remember about a year ago, Dan shared his weight loss journey with us. Health and wellness are important topics in an industry where so much time is spent sitting in a truck. I asked Dan how he took control of his health.
“I started taking control of my health after my brother had a heart attack.” As the daughter of a heart attack survivor myself, that statement stopped me in my tracks. Dan continued, “I knew with as big as I was getting, I wasn't too far away from having one myself.”
“I spent about six hours reading trucker blogs about losing weight on the road and finally I found one that made sense. I never wanted to do a fad diet because they usually don't last. This diet was all about calorie intake and calories burned. So, I downloaded the “Lose It" app (iOS | Android) to keep track of my intake and bought a Fitbit for outtake count. I set a goal to get back down to 180 lbs. before I went on a cruise back in December. I was down to 178 lbs. before going on it.”
I remember the photos from your cruise! What a great way to celebrate! How’s it been going?
“Unfortunately, even though I am still walking, I stopped the other exercises and put a little back on. Now I am going back to the exercises to get back down to 180 lbs. before I go to Italy in June.”
You’ll get back at it. A trip to Italy is a great motivator!
Dan's dog, Remington.
Who is your hero?
“My hero would probably have to be St. John Vianney. He was given a small parish in a back-country village in France with only three old ladies attending mass when he arrived. He decided to live a life of extreme penance and prayer to bring people back to their faith. He never washed down the teachings of Christ and eventually was able to bring the village back to God.”
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
“The best advice I was ever given was a quote from St. Padre Pio, ‘Pray, hope, and don't worry.’”
Do you have a motto that you live by?
“My personal mottos are, ‘All things are possible through Christ,’ and I also love the one my sister Jeannie that passed away lived by, ‘The first shall be last and the last shall be first,’” he says. “She always had to be last for everything. Last in line for meals, last one in the house when everyone else was racing to be first.”
Thanks for the interview, Dan!