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Find Your Gorilla Sir David Attenborough (who just turned 90 years old this week - happy birthday!) is a British naturalist and documentary maker. He has captivated children worldwide with his television programs and documentaries on the wonders of nature. His career has not only been a very public one, but it is one that he has filled with his own passions. And it is a career that has inspired many children around the world to follow in his footsteps. Richard George, contributor to LinkedIn Pulse, identifies three lessons that we can all take from Sir David's incredible career. All of us may not be interested in travelling the world, studying animals and plants, and sharing those findings with the rest of mankind, but we can certainly find our own dream roles full of interest and passion - we can find our own gorillas. Three lessons from Sir David's career: 1. Find your passion, or something that drives you Figure out what it is that gets you out of bed in the morning. You may not currently be working in your dream role, so find aspects of your job that allow you to expand on your other interests. Sign up for a more creativity-based project, take classes in a skill that you have not quite developed yet, or work with people that can teach you elements of your job that you have never explored. 2. Take risks Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. As Richard points out, "the greatest and most wonderful things we do often happen as a result of putting ourselves at risk and grasping the things that scare us." Do more things that you would normally shy away from, such as public speaking or leading your coworkers. Test new ideas. Reach for that promotion. You may not succeed every single time, but you will certainly learn crucial lessons all along the way. 3. Don't worry so much about what clothes you wear While presentation can be important, it is your content and connections with others that matter most. The more distractions we can eliminate, the more barriers to communication we can break down. Find something that works and stick with it. Then move on to bigger and more important decisions. Read Richard's full LinkedIn Pulse article here. And for more about Sir David, check out his biography. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -
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Give and Take and Extreme Ownership We have two new books added to the AM Transport book club rotation. In addition to those previous great reads still being passed around (such as Hug Your Haters and Good to Great), we have added a few new faces to the book club groups and a couple new titles to the bookshelf. 1. Give and Take Author - Adam Grant For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return. Using his own pioneering research as Wharton's top-rated professor, Adam Grant shows that these styles have a surprising impact on success. Give and Take highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. This landmark book opens up an approach to success that has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities. 2. Extreme Ownership Authors - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin This book explains the SEAL leadership concepts crucial to accomplishing the most difficult missions in combat and how to apply them to any group, team, or organization. It provides the reader with Jocko and Leif's formula for success: the mindset and guiding principles that enable SEAL combat units to achieve extraordinary results. It demonstrates how to apply these directly to business and life to likewise achieve victory. Through those difficult months of sustained combat, Jocko, Leif and their SEAL brothers learned that leadership--at every level--is the most important thing on the battlefield. They started Echelon Front to teach these same leadership principles to companies across industries throughout the business world that want to build their own high-performance, winning teams. Do you have recommended reads we should add to our book club? We would love to hear about them! Send them over to me - Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo is not just a day for tortilla chips and margaritas (although, we will take any holidays that give us an excuse for that anyway!). But it is also often misunderstood as a day of Mexican independence. Find out what it really is here! Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -

The 46th Year for Earth Day Friday, April 22nd marks the 46th year of a movement that has significantly made an impact on our modern world. Started by John McConnell in 1970, and always falling on April 22nd, Earth Day has led to planting trees, cleaning up neighborhoods, rallying for more environmental laws, and pushing for better fossil fuel alternatives. Cities around the U.S. celebrate Earth Day with community cleanups, festivals, and family fun days.  Forbes Magazine also mentions another way in which Earth Day is making a world-wide impact this year. The U.S. and China will be signing the Paris climate agreement tomorrow, which will be the first push toward attempting to keep global temperatures from rising above 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures. Forbes also mentions that in addition, "in a lead up to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, the Earth Day Network has pledged to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide to account for every single person living on Earth." So get outside tomorrow! We at AM Transport begin our annual care-taking of three flowers beds our company adopted in front of the city pool. A group of employees has volunteered to do the initial cleanup tomorrow by removing weeds and old mulch, laying new mulch, and making a plan for new plants and flowers. We maintain the beds throughout the spring, summer, and fall. For more about Earth Day, campaigns, and ways you can get involved, visit Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -
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Justin Just Became One And what is that exactly? A Certified Transportation Broker - A.K.A. a CTB. Justin is our newest employee to take the home-study course, pass the exam, and become certified. Congrats, Justin! We think this is pretty big deal around here, but many of our customers aren't quite sure what CTB means and what value it offers to them (no, I am not a CTB salesperson). So here it is in a nutshell. The Certified Transportation Broker designation is earned through a series of extensive tests administered by the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA). The program begins with a home-study course that teaches subjects such as basic business principles, the history of brokerage, brokerage operations and practices, legal cases, and regulation in the transportation industry. Once the student completes the home study course (complete with readings, slides, and quizzes), he/she takes the online exam. The exam is broken into three sections, and the student must pass all three in order to become certified. You have three chances to take the exam and pass all the sections. According to the TIA, the CTB program was developed by the Transportation Intermediaries Association to "increase the professionalism and integrity of property brokerage, meet the educational needs of brokers, and expand basic knowledge of the brokerage and transportation industry through a rigorous certification program." Brokers who take the CTB exam gain a better understanding of the history and regulations surrounding the transportation industry, as well as current day practices and ethics. We currently have 20 CTBs on staff here in our office (out of 33 employees), and we have two more getting ready for the next exam. For more information about eligibility and taking the CTB course, check out the TIA CTB website. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -
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The Business of Business is Simple "The business of business is simple. All you really need is what's listed in this post." - Geoffrey James This repost is about an article written on by Geoffrey James, and it is essentially a TL;DR version of some incredibly simple, but very useful, things you need to know about the working world. Here is a sneak peak of a few of the gems he provides in the article: Commitments. Your reputation is based not on how many commitments you keep but on how few commitments you don't. Innovation. Great ideas are dime-a-dozen; what matters is execution. Presentations. There's a special place in hell reserved for whoever invented PowerPoint. Selling. The ultimate purpose of all sales activity is to help other people become happier. Success. Measure success by how much you accomplish, not by how much money you make. Check out the full article for more of the "single most important things you need to know," according to James. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -