You Can Still Burn Out From Your Food Truck Passion — And That’s Okay


Editor’s Note: Today we’re excited to present a post from Jeremy Adams. Jeremy is the President/CEO of Prestige Food Trucks, which is the world’s leading custom food truck manufacturer. In his current role as President/CEO, Jeremy manages dozens of employees, interacts with clients, and maintains a healthy relationship with all of his business partners. Since Prestige, Jeremy has launched many other successful companies.

Burnout only happens if you’re working at a job you hate, right?

Believe it or not, that’s not true — you can still burn out from your passion.

Many people will get down on themselves when they start feeling overwhelmed and stressed out at a job they love, and food truck owners are no exception. People tend to feel guilty for not loving a dream job every step of the way.

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We all burn out from time to time, and that’s especially the case for people who are logging 40-plus hours a week (sound familiar, food truck owners?).

We think we can work nonstop, that we never have to take the foot off the gas pedal since we’re working in a field we’re passionate about. Unfortunately, the mind is not a machine. We need breaks from time to time, even if it’s just going for a walk or something more extreme like taking a week-long vacation.

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People say to create a life you don’t have to escape from, and while that really does sound like the dream, it’s easier said than done. After all, if you own your own business or work in an industry as competitive as the food truck industry, then putting in the work and long hours (with minimal breaks) tends to be a normal occurrence. You also have to make tough decisions as a food truck business owner.

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We encounter burnout from time to time. They key is learning how much work you can and can’t do and to make adjustments. If you’re a food truck owner, then you need to learn how to delegate, or possibly hire more help. Owners use short-term solutions like doing everything themselves all the time, but those types of solutions won’t work forever as a result of an owner taking on more work, responsibility and stress.

The solution? Figuring out what works for you. There are many work-life balance techniques food truck owners can incorporate, but you have to figure this out on your own and also see what does and doesn’t work for you. Everyone owner and business are different.

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Sometimes knowing you’re not alone can help to relieve the pressure you put on yourself.

The biggest takeaway: You can still burn out from your food truck passion, and it’s okay if you do. You’re working a lot of hours to achieve success. You should feel burned out. But you also shouldn’t beat yourself up over it.

Take a step back and analyze your situation.

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