Why I drive for Uber

If you were to tell me at the beginning of the decade that I would have a job picking up strangers in my own vehicle and drove em’ places, I would have called you crazy, but here we are. This is the core of being an Uber driver, or as I like to call the position, “Rideshare Entrepreneur.” You receive a notification from the driving app, pick up a complete stranger, drive them to their end destination, and any stops along the way. From here you can continue driving for the day or stop and get off work. So why do drivers keep getting on the road? For some drivers, it’s a part time gig, some do it to make some extra cash on the side, but for me and many other drivers, our reason for doing it is something more personal. For me, while the money you make with uber is great, it’s not the main reason why I continue doing it. It’s not about the money, but instead the people you meet along the ride. I’ve been a firm believer in meeting new people and traveling to get a better world view and uber is a way to do that. Through Uber I’ve traveled to many places I never thought I would have gone or seen around Southern California. I’ve also had the privilege to meet a variety of people from my rides. From the Senior VP of Western Digital to International Saxophone Superstar Sergio Flores, from the mom who got her license and custody of her kid taken away and is trying to get her life back on track, to the mom who takes her kids with her along her travels around the world. I’ve met a great deal of people, those down on their luck and those who seem to be on the up and up. However, I never would have met these people without a simple, “Hello, how’s your day going?” or a “Where are ya’ heading?” Just a simple greeting and a willingness to connect with someone you don’t know and will probably never see again. I’ve had many memorable conversations on topics ranging from our favorite video games, music genres and sports teams to mental health, personal venting and dealing with death. It’s in these “seaside” moments and conversations where I am reminded of why I continue to drive, despite these riders coming few and far between rides. The hope of finding another rider willing to go to these places and create a deeper connection, even if just for a moment, makes this job with all the highs and lows worth it.

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