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

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Twenty years ago, while riding in the back of a New York City taxicab, syndicated columnist and business consultant David J. Pollay had an awakening-and he converted the lesson he learned that day into a life philosophy: By letting other people's “garbage”-their negativity-simply “pass by,” and not dumping garbage on others, you can become happier and more successful, both personally and professionally. Since David published the “Law“ in his newspaper column three years ago, more than 1,000 blogs have posted it, ...
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Overview

Twenty years ago, while riding in the back of a New York City taxicab, syndicated columnist and business consultant David J. Pollay had an awakening-and he converted the lesson he learned that day into a life philosophy: By letting other people's “garbage”-their negativity-simply “pass by,” and not dumping garbage on others, you can become happier and more successful, both personally and professionally. Since David published the “Law“ in his newspaper column three years ago, more than 1,000 blogs have posted it, millions more have read it, and organizations worldwide have adopted it. And the numbers keep growing. Translated into nearly 50 languages, people from more than 100 countries have taken David's “No Garbage Trucks! Pledge.” All over the world people remember the focusing metaphor of the garbage truck for what can be achieved in life by not staking success and happiness on the behavior of others. Powerful and easily understood, The Law of the Garbage Truck will guide and inspire readers everywhere, every day.
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Some people have the cumulative effect of garbage strikes: By their incessant negativity, they bury us under the refuse of their own lives. Columnist and business consultant David Pollay maintains that we can extract ourselves from this morass of trash with a single decision. The Law of the Garbage Truck offers a simple, powerful message about improving our lives and our mindset with one decisive stroke. An inexpensive, life-changing Sterling hardcover.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402783265
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 10/13/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 118,873
  • File size: 678 KB

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    You are not a garbage truck!!

    If you're like me, you probably let the rude remarks of insensitive people ruin your day--I take it in, let it fester and by the time the day is out, I'm not even capable of having a civil conversation. In short, I let that one rude person effect my happiness as well as the happiness of those closest to me. I've had the great fortune to see an early copy of this book. It's a must read for anyone who read my little anecdote above and nodded along in agreement. The Law offers a clear and really powerful message--If you don't let other people dump their "garbage" (negativity, anger, resentment)on you, and you refrain from dumping your garbage on other people, you will lead a happier life. It's about putting your own happiness first and watching as your positive attitude touches everyone around you. Bottom Line: Your happiness is a choice and a little kindness can go a long way.

    I would also recommend The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and the film, Pay it Forward.

    25 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2010

    The Law of the Garbage Truck..a law I will now follow.

    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 years...it's time we listened.

    18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    This book is a gift to everyone

    I just finished a must read: The Law of the Garbage Truck. I was able to read a media review copy of the book, and I loved it. In a clear, concise, and powerful message, David J. Pollay shows us how to live a more peaceful, contented, and positively engaged life. He tells us that there is much in everyday life that we cannot control: especially, other people's bad behavior.

    Many people are unhappy, stalled and unproductive in their work, and live in a climate of negativity at home. There are unresolved issues in their life, and they tend to take their frustrations out on other people: dumping their garbage, and spreading it all around like a garbage truck, making everybody feel miserable, downhearted, or just plain angry. He will show you how to overcome the accepting of garbage from others, and also, how to stop dumping on others.

    This book is based on research which I feel is essential. His philosophy and life's work seem to embody the timeless wisdom of the sages, and he envisions a world in which we can all make a difference starting with our own personal lives. He has written in the timely and easily understood vernacular of today: It flows smoothly with stories we can all relate to. Stories of fun, everyday events, and others about the depth of struggles we may have to face in life. It has insightful quizzes to determine how much garbage you dump and how much garbage you accept, action guides, and The No Garbage Truck Pledge which I remind myself to take every day. When I feel myself getting into a garbage truck mode, I stop, and say: I am not a garbage truck. I will not spread garbage, and I will not accept garbage.

    This book is a gift that will enrich your life. Tell everyone!

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

    David Pollay's Law of the Garbage Truck is amazing! This funny and accessible philosophy helps in every aspect of life: office politics, raising children, relationships, and the entire community!

    I began reading The Law of the Garbage Truck out of curiosity for how a garbage truck could possibly be of any help besides as a garbage truck. Within a few pages, I was engaged, deeply interested and smiling because it is very clear that David Pollay knows how to negotiate relationships in a way that teaches me to be a better person. This is a fantastc book, a breakthrough philosophy, and should be in every office and home library.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

    Must Read

    The Law of the Garbage Truck is a must read. The best part of this book is that once I internalized the message I started recognizing garbage trucks everywhere. I felt like I was looking at each day with a new set of eyes. I never realized how the many little negative interactions I had with the world were impacting me. My days are more enjoyable now for having read this book.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

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    POWERFUL BOOK TEACHES A BETTER, KINDER WAY TO LIVE, BE, AND DO

    When the "Law of the Garbage Truck" author hopped into that cab in New York City around twenty years ago, I bet 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 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.
    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 of handling 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 with the audio version as well.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2010

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    Created your own happiness

    I would be the first and definitely not the last to say I need this book more then anyone I know. I tend to let others "dump" on me and I very often am the "garbage truck" myself.

    There are 8 commitments to "The Law of the Garbage Truck". Each commitment has a chapter explaining what they mean. But my favorite part were the chapters following each explanation, they are everyday scenarios of how to work through the problems that face us and to recognize when you need to avoid your normal response to the garbage in/coming in your life. At the end of each chapter there is a "call to action", where the author gives you a task to look into your life and make a positive change.

    A common theme I got from this book is- "smile, wave, wish them well, move on and let the garbage trucks PASS YOU BY".

    Two of the eight commitments that I got the most out of
    were-
    1- "Do let your own Garbage Trucks pass you by."
    I always Let past mistakes and hurts haunt me and cause me to loose focus on my own happiness. Mr. Pollay's book has helped me work through this and even though it's only been a week of me applying these "laws" my attitude has been a lot happier. I still have a long way to go but I love where I am going.

    2- "Do avoid becoming someone else's Garbage Truck"
    I tend to think "well if i can't be happy then they don't need to be happy either". This is not fair to others OR myself. By being the source of garbage not only am I hurting others, I am hurting myself as well.
    Thus section has really helped me recognize when I am dumping on others and how to let my reactions change. I have a VERY long way to work on this, but I'm excited for the outcome.

    I think everyone in the world needs this book. If we all could follow "The Law of the Garbage Truck" we would all be a happier people. And with this book translated into over 50 different languages it is becoming possible for others to get into the act.

    Also, if you are a Christian and read this book with the Christian perspective you will see that this is how God wants us to live our lives.
    Eph 4:29 "do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth but what is helpful for building up others according to their needs."
    James 1:19 "..be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger."

    Once you are done reading this book, I encourage you to take the "No Garbage Truck Pledge"

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2010

    Loved the book!

    I've decided to take the pledge. Each time I react in a positive manner, I'm encouraged to continue because of the good feeling I get. This book helped me change my habit of allowing others to dump on me. This would often provoke a negative response. Now I'm usually able to ignore the Garbage Trucks I encounter on a daily basis.

    The action questions drew me into the process. Two things I always try to remember now are. Venting can help, dumping will hurt. And do live in gratitude.

    Lots of books give you good ideas, but David presents a format that is easy for everyone to understand and implement. He includes the reader in the process by asking questions and providing step by step guidelines. This is a book I will refer to often, share, and treasure.

    As a retired teacher, I suggest the book to all educators. Students of all ages will relate to the stories and embrace the commitments. I was delighted to read the section on anti-bullying, with great applications for teachers and students. How wonderful our schools would be if everyone took the pledge and declare their campus a No Garbage Trucks Zone!

    I will be ordering books for my family and friends.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

    Highly Recommended- Insightful, quick read!

    The Law of the Garbage Truck is an insightful book that forces you to examine whether or not you are a Garbage Truck. This quick read is hard to put down, and teaches you how to deal with negative people in your life as well as how to become a positive person in society. Pollay shares very relatable examples from his personal life, which show us that we all can have bad days but we should all strive to not accept garbage in our lives and not dumb garbage on others.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    To Dump or be Dumped upon, learn how to deal with negative people in your life.

    Translated into nearly 50 languages, people from more than 100 countries have taken David's "No Garbage Trucks! Pledge." All over the world people remember the focusing metaphor of the garbage truck for what can be achieved in life by not staking success and happiness on the behavior of others. Powerful and easily understood, The Law of the Garbage Truck will guide and inspire readers everywhere, every day.

    Easy to understand "How to Respond to People Who Dump on You, and How to Stop Dumping on Others" is the main point in The Law of the Garbage Truck. Read this book, answer the questions after each chapter and apply this simple concept to change how you see negative people in your day to day life and how to respond to them. Feel less stress overall in your day, learn to love your life and even your job again. Learn to stay focused so you can complete your daily tasks and not lose sleep over others negativity. Let the garbage truck pass you by!

    David explains how most disagreements we have with others are petty and we should not let it distract us and ruin our whole day. We need to stay focused on what is important to us and not let others trash redirect that path. Also David explains how we should not use this as an excuse to dump on others which causes them to pass it on. We are all connected in this world and by breaking the cycle and not passing the garbage on to others we make this world a better place for more people than we can ever imagine. Be kind to others especially when they are unkind, it truly is as simple as that.

    Ironically my first test for The Law of the Garbage Truck came just before I sat down to write this book review. It happened right in my own home with my husband. My husband and I rarely have an disagreements and arguments so this was a true test for me. I asked him for a quick favor that would have taken him 2 seconds. Get up off the computer chair and look at something for me that was four feet away. He acted like he was just to busy at the moment to help. However I needed to email someone at that moment about this so it was a true priority for me. What he was working on would have taken at least half an hour. Well I went off on him and told him what I thought about him and also told him not to ask me for any favors again. blah, blah, blah. I then came downstairs ranting and raving. Sat in front of my laptop and looked at the new blog post I was working on which was of course The Law of the Garbage Truck.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

    I THINK IT IS A VERY GOOD BOOK FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE REALLY NEGATI

    I THINK IT IS A VERY GOOD BOOK FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE REALLY NEGATIVE. I CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY IT FOR ALL THE PEOPLE I KNOW THAT SHOULD READ IT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Great Book!

    We have offered all of our employees to read! Has opened new possibilities for some of our team! Simple, down to earth language and examples really make this real for people!

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Just another management-type trying to get the rest of us to smile and work harder no matter the circumstances.

    Let me save you some money. The main advice this book gives is to let the stuff people dump on you just pass you by. In other words we've all heard a thousand times, just let it go. Easy to do if you're making management bucks and aren't on the front lines. Sorry, but this book has no real substance, just cute metaphoric fluff, in my opinion. If life was really that easy to master, we'd all have mastered it by now.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    Awesome- good for any and all relationships at home or work!

    I work with someone who used to sell garbage trucks..... he heard me talking about this book and it "clicked" Now everyone at work wants to get on board! Good advice fr home, work, school, church.... anyone and anywhere

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Is It Trash Day yet?

    I feel a need to get rid of all of the garbage in my life after this one. This book will offer a comprehensive look at how to become happier in your life. I'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score," from Author R.A. Clark, which takes more of an intimate look at the power of forgiveness and so much more. Give it a chance to change your life.

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  • Posted September 6, 2010

    I will not be a garbage truck!!

    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 years...it's time we listened.

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  • Posted August 22, 2010

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    THIS INSPIRED STORY PACKS A WALLOP

    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.

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