For many people, the dream is to work hard to earn the money and time freedom to be able to travel. What I didn't realize when I set out on my first overseas trip at age 16, and my first one alone at 23, is that the experiences I would have and the skills I would develop from traveling would make me better at the jobs that were to come. Even more than that, it made me better at life, really.
So why wait? Travel as early and as often as you can, and see how your business thrives because of it. This is what traveling has done for me.
Traveling puts you in unfamiliar circumstances where you have to act like you know what you're doing so you don't draw unnecessary attention to yourself. Before long, you'll realize you don't have to fake it. You have all the skills you need to thrive, no matter the circumstances. That includes starting your first business.
When you don't speak a language very well, you become very aware and careful about how you're delivering your message. You start considering communication beyond the words, which will help you in every meeting and presentation.
Compassion and Understanding
On your travels, you will meet people every day with different backgrounds, different communication styles, different values, and different ways of doing things. This will impact the way you deal with your business partners, employees, and clients, who might also think differently than you do.
Traveling alone has a lot of benefits, but traveling with someone else, no matter how well you know and love them, is going to offer some different challenges. You'll be spending lots of time with that person, and you'll be exposed to sides of them you might have never seen before. You'll learn a lot about choosing your battles, standing up for what's most important to you, and finding a middle ground where everybody wins.
You never know what you're going to come up against on the road: missed connections, lost luggage, authority figures who don't speak your language, and so much more. On any given trip, you'll find yourself put on the spot to come up with a solution to a problem. And you'll succeed at it.
What have you learned from traveling that has helped you in your business?