The Law of the Garbage Truck: How to Respond to People Who Dump on You, and How to Stop Dumping on Others

The Law of the Garbage Truck: How to Respond to People Who Dump on You, and How to Stop Dumping on Others

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by David J Pollay, Author

"What if you could take control of your life with one decision? You Can. I wrote this audio book to show you how." - David J. Pollay

How often does a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive relative ruin your day with a thoughtless action, an angry rant, or a snide remark? And how often have you ruined someone else's day?

In The Law of the

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"What if you could take control of your life with one decision? You Can. I wrote this audio book to show you how." - David J. Pollay

How often does a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive relative ruin your day with a thoughtless action, an angry rant, or a snide remark? And how often have you ruined someone else's day?

In The Law of the Garbage Truck, David J. Pollay shows us that by refusing to let others dump their "garbage" (negativity, anger, resentment) on us-and letting it "pass by" instead-we become happier and more successful, both personally and professionally. And when we stop dumping garbage on others, we improve our relationships, strengthen our businesses, and bring our communities together.

Twenty years ago, while riding in a New York City taxi, syndicated columnist and business consultant David J. Pollay narrowly escaped a life-threatening car crash. The driver who almost caused the accident and started yelling at the cab driver, who remarkably just smiled, waved, and wished him well. Pollay asked how the cabbie could remain so calm, and his response sparked the defining principle of The Law of the Garbage Truck.

Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment...And if you let them, they'll dump it on you. So when someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally...move on.

Now Pollay shows you how to apply his Law in this remarkable audio book that can help you:

  • Avoid getting dumped on by rude, thoughtless, and angry people
  • Stop reliving the negative in your past, and fearing the future
  • Focus on what you can control, not the negative things you can't
  • Reduce incivility wherever you find it, and stop bullies in their tracks
  • Improve your relationships by not dumping on your friends, parents, spouse or coworkers
  • Find happiness again after dealing with illness, loss, and personal tragedy
  • Increase productivity, respect, and cooperation by creating a No Garbage Trucks! Zone in your business, school, and home
  • Gain the courage to enjoy every day, do what you love, and make a difference

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
We've heard them called toxic people, but Pollay, syndicated columnist, blogger, and speaker, has labeled all the negative people in our lives, whether family, friends, or colleagues, "dumpers," and offers a fresh self-help guide to deal with them all. Pollay differentiates dumping from venting, which he describes as leaving people burdened by your problems, rather than helping them to understand them. Pollay structures his effort around eight "commitments," all beginning with "do" and including "Avoid Becoming Someone Else's Garbage Truck," "Let Your Own Garbage Trucks Pass You By," and "Declare Your Life a No-Garbage Trucks! Zone." A troika of mid-book quizzes help readers discern their GAL, or Garbage Accepting Load, and where they fall on the "Accepter" and "Dumper" scale, and "action guide" prompts end chapters (he urges readers to keep a pen in hand). Also included is research from experts in biology, neurology, and other sciences, and case studies of people who have put his philosophies into practice. Though the ease with which he believes his advice might be implemented can sound naive, he deserves kudos for taking a relatively nascent metaphor and expanding upon it admirably. (Oct.)
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Praise for David J. Pollay and The Law of the Garbage Truck

The message will stay with you for decades to come.
—Tom Rath, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How Full Is Your Bucket? and best-sellers Strengthsfinder 2.0 and Wellbeing
The Law of the Garbage Truck is smart, fun, and powerful.
—Gretchen Rubin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project
David J. Pollay …addresses the question on the forefront of everyone's mind:  "It's hard enough managing my own happiness, but how do I deal with the negative people in my life?" This compelling and practical volume provides the best answer I've seen yet.
—Barbara L. Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and author of Positivity
This book will immediately and profoundly change the way you interact with the world … I recommend it highly.
—Keith Ferrazzi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who’s Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone
David J. Pollay effortlessly distills the science of well-being into a simple, memorable formula for achieving a life lived authentically and happily.
—Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside and author of The How of Happiness
The Law of the Garbage Truck is a profound, practical, and personal book that shows how to keep the garbage in our lives at bay so we can enjoy inner peace and happiness.
—Jerry Jampolsky M.D., founder of the International Center for Attitudinal Healing, and author of fifteen best selling books, including Love is Letting Go of Fear

The Law of the Garbage Truck … gives us the motivation to stay on track, achieve our goals, and—best of all—be happy!
—Nido R. Qubein, President of High Point University and Chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company
There’s a simple reason why David J. Pollay’s “No Garbage Trucks! Pledge has been translated into 48 languages, and people from more than 100 countries have taken it”: It works! Start living a better life now!
—Nick Morgan, President of Public Words, and author of Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma
Follow Pollay’s powerful recommendations … and you’ll develop positive habits of happiness.
—Ed Diener, Joseph R. Smiley Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois, coauthor (with Robert Biswas-Diener) of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth
One of the best books I’ve read in years … you'll want everyone you care about to read The Law of the Garbage Truck
—Yakov Smirnoff, America’s Funniest Russian Comedian, and Professor at Missouri State University
As a Yahoo!, David was a one man “No Garbage Zone” of positive attitude and good business results. This honest and generous book will show you how to be one too.
—Tim Sanders, former Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo! and author of Love Is the Killer App: How To Win Business and Influence Friends
This enjoyable, fast-moving book shows you how to forget about past events you cannot change, and focus on creating an unlimited future for yourself.
 —Brian Tracy, author, 55 books/38 languages
Like a great coach, David J. Pollay offers a powerful game plan for success in life and sports.
—Jeff Conine, Major League Baseball All-Star and two-time World Series winner
How you interact with the world is a choice. You can get dumped on (and do some dumping). Or you can enjoy life. It’s your decision and David J. Pollay will show you how to make it.
—David Meerman Scott, best-selling author of The New Rules of Marketing & PR
A MUST READ for business leaders today. I have handed out copies of The Law of the Garbage Truck to my colleagues and team members.
—Frank Sui, Partner, Deloitte Consulting LLP
I want every principal, teacher, and parent to read The Law of the Garbage Truck. This brilliant book shows us how to give our best to our children every day, and to each other.
 —Tammy Ferguson, North Area Director of School Accountability, Palm Beach County School District
The universality of this spiritual message goes beyond all borders and unites all of us in a single mission to be kind and compassionate to all people.
—Reverend Linda Mobley, Cason United Methodist Church of Delray Beach
In reading The Law of the Garbage Truck, I was reminded of the teachings of the Dalai Lama. Many of David J. Pollay’s insightful observations and helpful recommendations are rooted in the time honored principles of Buddhism.
—Dale Smith, Head of School, Pine Crest School
David J. Pollay has written a superb and deeply spiritual book. The Law of the Garbage Truck instructs us to cleanse our spirits . . . and invites us to pursue a deep introspection in a way that inspires us to want to make more of our lives.
—Rabbi Daniel Levin, Temple Beth El of Boca Raton
David J. Pollay’s The Law of the Garbage Truck stands out from the hundreds of how-to-live-your-life books: It is backed by the best current research on happiness and well-being . . . readers who seriously commit to these principles will find their lives, their work, and their relationships enriched.
—Raymond D. Fowler, former President of the American Psychological Association

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The Law of the Garbage Truck: How to Respond to People Who Dump on You, and How to Stop Dumping on Others 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
LuluBellLP More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced copy of this groundbreaking book from a dear friend who knew that I was going through a difficult period in my life. I was bogged down with personal negative emotions and had started heading towards a self destructive and rage filled path. The load I was carrying emotionally was seriously threatening my health and well being. I began reading "The Law of the Garbage Truck" on a Thursday night, and continued reading well past my "school night" bed time. Armed with a pencil, I made sure to fill out every question phrased in the book carefully, associating it with the lesson that had just been laid out for me in the previous chapter. I arose the next day and headed to work, a source of stress for the 3 years I had worked there, and looked at my co-workers and myself in a much different light. The concept of the book is that, in life, we all dump on others and they dump on us. Pollay uses his personal experiences as well as psychological studies within these pages to highlight this idea, encouraging the reader to let other "garbage trucks" pass them by. It also gives ways for the reader to stop being a garbage truck themselves. Empowerment is the name of Pollay's game, and his desire is to change the world, one positive person at a time. I reached an epiphany at the end of the book. I realized that what I had for years called "being honest" and "wearing my heart on my sleeve" had really been a way for me to unload and vent my problems to others, allowing them to pick up the load for me so I could have the momentary relief until the next negative moment in my life occurred, and the cycle would begin again. I stopped getting upset when the driver behind me sped around me and cut me off. I realized that forgiveness and acceptance were far better tools than anger and vengeance. David J. Pollay is a fantastic writer, who uses wit and just plain talk to get across this potent message. I recommend that everyone read this book...for the betterment of themselves, and our society/world as a whole. We've been waiting for this voice for's time we listened.
KatherineRacine More than 1 year ago
It's clear to me that when the "Law of the Garbage Truck" author hopped into that cab in New York City around twenty years ago, never in his wildest dreams did he imagine the major changes that experience would bring to his life - or that there was suddenly potential to greatly improve the lives of thousands of others around the world. I was so excited to learn the author would be reading the book personally. I have heard him give speeches and seminars, and he's as brilliant at talking to people as he is at writing. I really love the easy to follow format of this book, and that you can, on your own schedule, absorb the meaty contents, one idea at a time. It's so good to be able to reinforce the message listening while in a car, running, or walking, or relaxing at home. What struck me about Pollay's message, and impacted my life most is - I no longer have to buy into negative experiences at all! I can train myself with the principles in this book to not take the bad stuff personally, and have no need to spread it either. This is such a huge relief from former ways to handle ordinary daily life. "The Law of the Garbage Truck" has so much original thought, and is useful to anyone willing to take the lessons to heart and apply them. I suspect a major wave of goodness around the world can and will result from this project, in print and as an audio tool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago