Check your motives!
GG—I recently pulled into a truck stop in Laramie, WY, and I thought to myself, is this as good as it gets? Yeah, I just saw that movie last night.
I’ve been driving for 36 years, and it feels like I’m no further ahead than when I started. I wouldn’t trade driving a truck for anything, but I always wondered what would have happened if I went to college like my five brothers and sisters.
I think it’s time for a big change. I don’t know what that change is, and I was wondering if you could give me some suggestions. I want to stay in trucking—it’s really in my blood.
Papa B, Hastings, NE
Check your motives! Below are four things to consider before giving up the driver’s seat:
1. Take a personal inventory of what you want in life and where you are. Where are the gaps?
2. Are you looking to change just for the sake of making changes? If yes, why?
3. Are you burned out (not feeling challenged, bored)?
4. Do you have work and home life balance?
If you don’t have any gaps, can’t find a valid reason to make a career change, still love getting behind the wheel every day, and your home life isn’t suffering because of your OTR time, then what are your motives for leaving the truck Papa B?
The good news is, no matter what you try next, they’ll always be an empty seat for you to return to. Good drivers have job security!
Cheers to a healthy, safe and profitable New Year.
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