I want to start out by saying that this whole so called recession thing is getting slightly on my nerves. Do you think, that just possibly, it could be a little bit of election propaganda set up by our trusted media? You know, the people we depend on for the “news”, like ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN, just to name a few.
I am a believer in thinking that if you start to believe in something, you can make it happen. Now, that can go for both GOOD and BAD. If we start believing that there really is a recession, what do you think we will start doing? Well, the first thing is, we will stop spending money. What do you think that will do to the economy? Now, I’m not saying we should go out and spend money like a bunch of drunken sailors, but to totally put the brakes on normal everyday spending can put a drastic impact on our economy. ( That would be quite impressive for election day, right?)
Well, “what does all that have to do with Truck Drivers?” you are thinking. First, no matter what kind of “recession” we are in, there will ALWAYS be trucks and freight. Period. The American economy might as well just fold up and die if trucking ever came to a halt. That one’s a “no brainer”. So, if you are in trucking right now, ( and loving it) you are in a good position, no matter what the economy looks like. Sure, with more competition and low freight costs, you could feel somewhat of a slow-down, but trucking and freight will always continue.
This brings me to my next topic. Lately, I have been getting much more e-mail from people looking into trucking OUT of FEAR. It seems that they want to get into trucking as a career change because they feel they may lose their job ( you know, this “recession” we’re having). I want to address this to those of you who fit this category.
Let me say that trucking is not for everybody. I have written quite a few articles describing the kind of life you will lead as a trucker. There are many people who absolutely love their trucking career, but I will tell you that there are almost as many who hate it, and find themselves “stuck” in the career because of a decision they made years ago, soley based on the security of having a “job”. You must realize that this is not a 9-5 life, holidays with the family, visiting the grand kids, and so forth. It is a life of driving and destinations, one after the other. Even the local trucking jobs which I discuss in my book are not without sacrifice. Although many of them boast of 50-80 thousand per year salaries ( which is true, I may add) they also include 10-12 hour days with physical labor involved. If you’re not in shape, these jobs are not for you. You must be realistic when you are looking at Trucking as a career, whether it be OTR trucking or working for a trucking company locally. Make your decision wisely and with much thought, because not only will you spend time and money on training, but you will be spending many years behind the wheel of that Freightliner ( my personal favorite).
I’m not trying to discourage anyone from being in the trucking industry, but rather encourage them to research and investigate if this type of career would match their personality. It’s what you need to do with ANY career choice. For example: You wouldn’t be a first grade teacher if you couldn’t stand being around small children all day, right? And you certainly would not want to work on skyscrapers if you had a fear of heights. It’s the same thing with trucking. So don’t let FEAR of not having a job, be your only motive for a trucking career. However, if you do decide that trucking is a lifelstyle that will fit your personality and desires, then welcome aboard!
Aubrey “Allen” Smith
Original Author of “The Truth About Trucking”
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