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The Law of the Garbage Truck by David J. Pollay
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Dec 30, 2010

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Zen and the art of indifference. Are you frequently run over by garbage trucks? Is your workplace full of garbage trucks? Have you taken the No Garbage Trucks Pledge? If you labor in municipal sanitation these questions pose more real than psychic answers but for everyone else they refer to Pollay’s concept of people as garbage trucks. The idea virtually mirror’s Robert Sutton’s ”No Asshole Rule” and indeed the concepts are interchangeable. Pollay’s approach to the scumbags that prowl your office or other workplace features more Zen than Sutton and basically this book attempts to teach the fine art of developing indifference. This is an important skill. Assholes and garbage trucks or whatever metaphor you like for people who dump on you cannot be avoided and likely hold the key to you successfully continuing to pay your mortgage and deposit into the kids’ college funds. Developing a thick skin and the ability to function in the face of their outrageousness represents a 21st century equivalent survival skill equal to that of functioning through harsh winters for our less technology-heavy forbears. So the book relates some highly useful insights although after one or two opening chapters you basically get the drift. Later in the text Pollay forays into the obligatory worksheets, personality quizzes and pledges which provide little real value (basically you get dumped on, you take it personally and then take it out on others just like everyone else and don’t need a 20 items scale to verify this). In short skim it and then practice the noble art of being indifferent to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

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