The mentality we adopt when travelling is very similar to that of a startup business. Traveling is externally focused. Outward bound.
- Get things done now.
- Use whatever means is at hand.
- Make-do when required to keep moving forward.
- Don’t worry too much about the future; the next step is the focus.
- Check off the list of things to do.
- The journey is more important; the destination is but a vision.
In a previous post I mentioned how this mentality would make us so much more effective in our daily work and life. And it will.
Are frequent travellers more effective at getting things done in general? Is there a correlation between frequent travelling and starting up new businesses?
There is a downside of course. We all know that travelling costs us more - more money, more effort - than staying at home.
Settling down in one place is internally focused. Inward bound.
The greater predictability of a settled routine allows us to set up processes and systems to reduce costs and minimise effort, like an established business.
- Processes help us respond to common situations quickly.
- Processes streamline and reduce effort; we are not reinventing the wheel every time.
- The option to buy things in bulk and store them saves money.
- Laying a more permanent foundation (a place to store things long term, furniture to put things on that don’t get moved, a reliable always-there internet connection) reduces stress.
I guess like with everything else, there is a time to travel (start a business) and to stay home (run a business.)Image: Travel documents via Shutterstock.