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Publisher’s Comment: Time to Take Some Needed Rest and Relaxation

Take a break.I'm not talking about a few extra zzzs at the next truck stop or shutting down early at the end of the day.I'm talking about a real holiday, the kind that rejuvenates the soul.Ya right, y...



Take a break.

I’m not talking about a few extra zzzs at the next truck stop or shutting down early at the end of the day.

I’m talking about a real holiday, the kind that rejuvenates the soul.

Ya right, you’re thinking times are tough, how the hell can I afford to take any time off?

Let me ask you this, how can you afford not to?

Mentally and physically, we all need to recharge the batteries from time to time.

I know it’s easier said than done. Especially when you’ve got monthly expenses.

Creditors don’t seem to think the word “holiday” should stand in the way of monetary obligations.

I’m not preaching that you should pick-up and leave them in the lurch – that could come back and bite you in the end when it comes to your credit rating.

But we all need time away from the day-in, day-out stress of making a living and there are many ways to enjoy the time off, without committing financial suicide.

Okay, so how do I take this leave of my senses and throw myself into holiday mood?

As I said, a holiday doesn’t mean you need to spend a ton of money to enjoy yourself.

The very fact that you’re home is a good start, especially if you have a family.

Day trips to local attractions can cost little, if anything.

Pack a lunch and do the picnic thing.

One of my associates just returned from one of his best holidays in a long time.

He spent the time on the beach with his son. Total cash outlay was $3.99 (for the pail and shovel).

Years ago, a few of my friends bought one of those Mr. Turtle swimming pools.

They sat around in their backyard, wearing loud Hawaiian shirts and drinking fruity rum drinks.

So you see, lack of funds should not be an excuse.

What about the other side of the coin?

If you don’t work you won’t get paid.

Chances are, you’ll see a small dent in your all-important cash flow, especially if you’re an owner/operator.

The simple solution is to make it part of your business plan.

Put away as much as you can afford and don’t touch it.

Fifty dollars a month can buy you a lot enjoyment at the end of the year.

I’m betting taking a break will increase your productivity.

It might even make the job a little more fun.

Enjoy!

– Rob Wilkins is the publisher of Truck News and he can be reached at 416-442-2097.

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