There is a famous saying by Mark Twain,
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
Well, this holds true for both life and for business ventures. If we observe closely we will find that as an entrepreneur one can learn a lot from Travel. Travel gives you guidance that only life experience can bring. Those lessons can’t be learned in business school.
Here are the 10 lessons that travel can teach you as an entrepreneur,
1. Appreciate opportunities
Like travel the opportunities that we find in business are time sensitive. Like in case of travel you visit the places at unique time in history both for that place and for you, Similar is the case with Business. So just appreciate the moment as it will only happen once, because the only constant that will remain is change. Hence it is very important to look for opportunities and seize it as soon as you find it.
2. Things are often out of your control
We like to be in control of what’s going on in our business, but that’s not a reality of life. Situations arise and things happen that you can’t control. Travel teaches you this vividly. Flights get changed or canceled, hotel reservations disappear and you are stuck dealing with what you can’t control. The truth is you don’t have to always be in control. At times things aren’t meant to work out in the way we had planned and hoped. The more you can adjust, the better an entrepreneur you will be.
3. Embrace the Unknown
When you travel, you try to get yourself out of your comfort zone. Same is the case with business. The business that gets too comfortable can get left behind. Hence, be more open to the unknown and maximize your growth. Growth has no limits, hence, always be ready to reinvent yourself. Innovation is the most important ingredient for success.
4. Focus less on differences
Travelling helps you gain an appreciation for just how similar we all are and how all of us strive for similar things like family, success and happiness. It also helps us get an insight into the fact that if we plan properly it will be very easy to feel the needs of our target audience and launch our products since the basic needs for everyone remain the same. This is the thought process that leads to forming a global marketplace and community.
5. Appreciate and be grateful
Traveling around the world and seeing people in all sorts of circumstances makes you appreciate your freedom more and more. I don’t think people can truly appreciate what they have until you travel somewhere and are faced with abject poverty, or to a place where people don’t have the same freedoms we are blessed with back home. Hence, travelling helps you gain gratitude for good things in life. As a business person it will help you appreciate you the customers who have gotten you thus far. It will also help you understand the importance of appreciating your employees and co-workers and to value their contribution in making your business work.
6. Learn to be fearless
Fear can stop one from doing great things in life and business. People open themselves up to adventure when they travel and so does business. A constant fear of failure and avoiding risk delays progress and that is what you learn when you travel. The one thing that you learn from travel, is that there is only so much you can control. The rest is out of your hands and the focus shifts to how you deal and cope with the situation. So just forget about the fears and have an adventure everyday as an entrepreneur, you never know where you will end up.s
7. It is impossible to please everyone
No matter how hard you try, there will always be someone who disagrees with you, and there is nothing you can do about it. It might take some time to learn that you would rather say what you are thinking, have an opinion and risk disagreement than to write or say wishy-washy things that don’t really say anything ao build a cart all, just for the sake of avoiding stepping on toes. But, it is really important to have opinions and believe in yourself. Don’t be afraid to say what you’re thinking. No matter how hard you try, there is always someone out there who will disagree with you, or dislike you, and there is nothing you can do about it. So instead, focus your energy on doing what you love, and don’t let the trolls get you down.
8. Hold on to your strengths
Travel pushes you to see how strong you are and embrace your intuition.Opportunities in travel are limitless as are the career paths. Hence as an entrepreneur, it is very important to build a career where limits are set by you and not others. Hence, it is very important to trust your intuition because the worst limits are the ones that you impose on yourself.
9. Keep your focus on what you need
Like in case of travelling, if you overpack it might slow you down and can add travel costs, similarly in case of Business get rid of the wastage that does not deliver any value. You must always identify what is essential for your to grow your business and must buy things only as and when you need them. Focus only on what matters because simplicity always has a big impact
10. Don’t wait around and ask for help whenever needed
Travels teaches you that things don’t just fall perfectly in your lap. You have to want it AND go for it. You have to be proactive about your own life. Hence, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Like in case of travel you rely on the locals to help you sometimes. similarly seek out advice in business as you will never have all the answers.
Running a business isn’t always about money or a certain level of success. The primary goal of starting a business should be to create freedom in your life and make an impact in the lives of those your business serves. So, the next time you travel, try to reflect on life and understand how travel can teach you to grow your business.