This was the last question I was asked by the recruiter before coming on board here at Paper Transport, Inc. They ask it of every new hire. My answer was simple. Adventure. It was a real no-brainer as far as I was concerned. Although the trucker’s life can become mundane, we have the chance to do some really adventurous stuff. I wrote about this, and we talked about a few more way back in episode 6.
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Putting the podcast on hold for a few months was the right thing to do. My life has seen quite a few changes over the last 9 months. A new job, new town and a drastic reduction in home time are just a few. I love being closer to my daughters and their families, but I miss Don, and his family. I do have to admit, we probably talk more now than we ever did. That’s a good thing.
What Drives Me In Trucking?
I’ve always said I love trucking. But that may not be entirely true. I love going to sleep at night in a different state than the one I woke up in. I love seeing the difference in topography from state to state. And I love being in contact with trucking friends from all over. I really love returning home at the end of my journey, usually Friday night or Saturday morning.
What drives Me In Podcasting?
This is another question I’ve been trying to tackle over the last 90 days. With my free time limited, what’s my purpose? After all, my home time is not what it was when we published the first 150 shows. But I do have to have some balance in my life. If I spend half the day Sunday doing show prep, and all day Monday editing and writing, I have no time left for a life. On the other hand, I can’t tell you how great it is to talk to my son, and share these conversations with all of you.
PTI Comes Through
Seriously, I’ve really had to find my own motivation. I’ve had to search for what drives me. It certainly isn’t all about money, but Don and I have worked hard to produce something any company could be proud to be a part of. The episodes that involved our old sponsor still get hundreds of hits every month. We stood buy our words when they paid for it, and we still stand by those words.
Paper Transport, Inc has taken the roll as the top sponsor of The Trucking Podcast, and we thank them for that. Don and I have also been using a few new podcasting tools to save me about 3 hours of editing time on Mondays. You should even have the chance to stream the show live on Sunday nights.
The Bottom Line
I’m grateful for a beautiful wife who gets my wanderlust. And she totally gets it. There’s no one I’d rather do a road trip with than Kris. I’m grateful for PTI for helping us bring the show back, and Trucker’s Edge being a part of the team. They both take pride and ownership in being a part of the podcast. I’m grateful for Don and his commitment to keep going after 165 episodes.
But most of all, I’m grateful for all of you, truckers or otherwise, who’ve sent us kind words and asked when we were coming back. It’s totally humbling.