The Garbageman's Guide to Life: How to Get Out of the Dumps

The Garbageman's Guide to Life: How to Get Out of the Dumps

by Norm LeMay, Steven Kaufman


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ISBN-13: 9781614487937
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 01/31/2014
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Norm LeMay has associated with the waste industry for more than fifty years, starting with steam cleaning garbage trucks when he was twelve years old. Mr. LeMay managed one of the most prestigious private hauling operations, LeMay Enterprises, for more than 20 years before it was sold to Waste Connections in 2008. He also co-managed LRI (a large landfill in Pierce County) with Waste Connections, a Board member of the Washington Refuse & Recycling Association. He currently serves as a Board member of the Environmental Industry Associations and is a Director of Routeware, Inc., a company specializing in on-board computing and analytic software for garbage trucks. Mr. LeMay’s enthusiasm and knack for seeing life through philosophical eyes helps infuse The Garbageman’s Guide with a down-to-earth spirit that makes it accessible and enjoyable to everyone.

Steven Kaufman has nearly thirty years of corporate work, eleven of which were spent in the waste industry. He is co-founder of Routeware, Inc. (a waste industry technology company), co-founder of, and authored numerous articles that have appeared in the waste industry press. Mr. Kaufman has held positions in the US, Europe, and Asia specializing in operations, logistics management, and marketing. He has also served on several non-profit boards and spearheaded a large community activist group. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Kaufman has started six different companies and currently leads a successful small business consulting firm. His journey, both personally and professionally, has led to an insatiable curiosity about the mind and how it works—-a passion he brings to The Garbageman’s Guide with his unique brand of energy and optimism.

Table of Contents

I ntroduction
How to Use This Book

Step 1: Find the Value and Toss the Trash
The Central Role of Value
Is It Treasure or Is It Trash?
Are You Stepping on the Accelerator or the Brake?
Short-Term and Long-Term Value
Finding Gold in the Garbage
The Value Service Plan
Use Caution
Taking It to the Street
Step 2: Keep Your Can Empty
What Is Emptiness?
Why Emptiness Is Hard to Work With
Why We Don’t Like Emptiness
The Myth of Collecting
The Power of Emptiness
The Empty and Return Action Plan
Use Caution
Taking It to the Street
Step 3: Create Your Route
Nothing Stays the Same
The Curse of the Comfort Zone
Where Change Happens
The Solution: Creating a Route
Expanding the Comfort Zone
Route Management System
Use Caution
Taking It to the Street
Step 4: Park Your Ego
The Perfect Garbageman
Let’s Talk Ego
Early Origins
The Masks of Ego
The Dangers of an Unchecked Ego
The Inner Garbageman
Ego, Inner Garbageman, and Perception
A Big Shift in Gears
The ParkSafe Action Plan
Use Caution
Taking It to the Street
Step 5: Leave It in the Landfill
About Mental Contracts
Why Trash Comes out of the Landfill
The Danger of Clinging Trash
Forgiveness and Dumping Persistent TBOs
The Benefits of Forgiveness
The Landfill Management Program
Use Caution
Taking It to the Street
Step 6: Get Away From Toxic Waste
Low-Level Toxic Waste
High-Level Toxic Waste
Where Does Toxic Waste Come From?
A Toxic-Free Life
Toxic Waste Action Plan
Use Caution
Taking It to the Street
Step 7: Stop Hoarding
What Is Hoarding?
What I Hoard
Why I Hoard
The Symptoms of Hoarding
When Does Holding Become Hoarding?
Stop Dragging It Forward
Letting People Back In
Putting My Toys Away
Hoarding School
Use Caution
Taking It to the Street
Step 8: Take Care of Your Truck
The Four Basics
Abuse and Misuse
Ignoring the Wiring
No Two Are the Same
Dealing with Breakdowns
The Art of Adapting
Wear Spots
A More Effective Team
Maintenance Benefit List
Maintenance and Repair Checklist
Use Caution
Taking It to the Street
Glossary of Terms

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The Garbageman's Guide to Life: How to Get Out of the Dumps 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“The Garbageman's Guide to Life:  How to Get Out of the Dumps” is one of the most valuable self-help books I have read.  The authors provide easy to understand tools to get rid of mental garbage. I literally use these simple tools every single day. The book helps to clearly understand what thoughts have value and what thoughts can be tossed.   It’s written in a relaxed, easy to read tone with real life stories provided for examples.  I didn’t have to learn any new jargon, just apply what I already know about physical garbage to getting rid of toxic thoughts.  The results have already been astounding. This book is a self-help “must have!” 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspiring and motivational! The Garbageman's Guide to Life is easy to read and full of real life stories that one can relate to. The eight simple steps compelled me to re-think how I had arrived at my personal beliefs and helped me to recognize the thoughts, beliefs, and opinions that needed to be thrown out. Reading this book has motivated me to change my life and head in a new, positive direction!
BrendaJBE More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a pre-release copy.  The whole "garbage" metaphor is amazingly spot on. The book is not one you want to read cover to cover and put on a shelf to collect dust. I find myself going back and reading specific chapters over and over again to reinforce what I've learned. I'm a busy person but found when I devoted time to read one chapter at a time, each one resonated with me and I caught myself smiling and admitting "Yep, that's what I do!"   Great advice delivered in an easy to absorb and understand manner. I'm sure every reader will find something inside the book that will be their own "Ah ha" moment and find the advice as helpful as I have. As for me,  I find myself able to make better decisions about what I carry around in my head. I now understand what to keep and toss and how each of these decisions impacts my life.  However, as the book points out, it's a process. It's definitely a book to keep handy as life continues to throw garbage at us - not to mention the garbage we collect. Great tips on how to get rid of it. 
Laura_Atchison More than 1 year ago
I met one of the authors at an event we were attending together before he had finished the book and I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of the finished product. I was not disappointed. As a matter of fact I had so many ahas while reading the book it took me longer to read than usual. I had to keep stopping and processing the insightful ways in which the authors presented their concepts. The exercises raised lots of questions that lead me to uncover some areas of impasse that I had never gotten to nor seen before and the maintenance and repair checklists for the inner self and outer self are  tools that can help you get on track and stay on track no matter what level of awareness you are currently at on your journey. Kudos to the authors for taking something that is part of everyday life, garbage, and showing us how the inner clutter is even more harmful to our personal environment. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to make shifts that require clearing of the mind and the house. This book will help you on your path to getting off autopilot and taking control of your mind, your thoughts and your actions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't feel like I gained anything new from this book. I am disappointed but was mildly amused by the stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book about trash is an absolute treasure! I’m a personal development junkie and avid reader. Lately I’ve been completely overwhelmed (and frankly, bored) by all the how-to books, articles, and blogs out there. But The Garbageman’s Guide is different. It’s got a freshness to it … an originality … an informal style and humor that make it oh-so-easy to read and implement. Implement is a key word, which I chose deliberately. The authors of this book obviously gave much consideration to how the book would be used. It’s organized into eight steps and each step concludes with thought-provoking questions to help the reader process the material as she (or he) goes along. As well, the book is peppered with lots of simple(!) tips and tools that make it easy to process the material. Here’s what else I love about The Garbageman’s Guide: it is chock-full of inspirational stories and quotes to illustrate the ideas in the book. So, rather than simply telling us what to do, the authors lure us into learning with fun anecdotes, which read like parables. They’re simple concepts — easy to grasp and remember. Don’t let the simple ideas fool you, though. There is truly a great depth to this book. In essence, it is step-by-step training in awareness practices, which lead to changes in behavior … which lead to very real changes in the way we live and love our lives. Thanks, guys. This is a book I’ll re-read and recommend often! (written by Sherry Richert Belul)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and highly recommended! This is an excellent book with a refreshing approach to help people get past ones limiting beliefs. he language and tone are easy to read and understand. The Garbage Mans Guide to Life provides practical method on how to improve awareness and create new models of being. These are good lessons on how to look inward for peace instead of looking for solutions in the external world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always lived my life believing that what was said to me from my past experiences was who I was. I never left room for any other growth until I applied the principals of this incredible guide to my life. It opens up a completely new way to be able to get rid of the old and bring in the new. The most important part of this book is that it teaches you to really take a look at what we became based on what we were told. Its freeing to know I don't have to carry so much garbage with me anymore, that I can replace all those negative beliefs with positive and strong thinking and to believe I am a good and strong person .Kudos to the writers that took incredible principals and helped me to say "No garbage lives here". Its an amazing process..Get started!