Several reasons:<quoted text>You are so high and mighty why don't you explain to us how you went from a medical equipment repair man (or something like that) to a truck driver. Why would you let a good paying trade go? Couldn't cut it?
First of all, it wasn't all that well paying. Even though I was young at the time, I realized that when I got older, I wouldn't be able to climb three flights of stairs with an electric hospital bed or large oxygen tanks. It's heavy lifting at times.
Next of course is it's not a career. You can teach anybody how to deliver and setup home medical equipment in two weeks at best. As for the repair part, technology and tax structure knocked me out of that area. Companies were able to write their equipment off in three years, so in three years, it was zero costed, and the company would just get a new piece of equipment when it broke. Newer equipment at the time came out with three year warranties, so there was no reason to have a repairman around.
Lastly, I realized that when a company closed down or were bought out by another company and I lost my job, there were not many medical delivery driver/ repairman jobs out there. In the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) field, companies get bought and sold all the time. Plus I got sick of being on-call as well.
I realized that I would need something more. A field of work that not anybody can do. I needed something where I would be in demand all the time even in bad economies. I didn't want to be one of those people crying that I'm out of work and somebody should do something for me. I needed to do something for myself. That's when I decided to go into truck driving. I drove a straight truck for a company when I was 18, and knew it wouldn't take long for me to get back into that kind of work.
When I got sick of driving straight trucks, I decided to advance myself one more time. I learned how to drive a tractor-trailer. it was about the time I decided to do something else which was purchase my rental property.