I have spent a fair amount of time over the past 5 years travelling at 30,000 feet. The best part about my travels is the opportunity to experience cool things.
Since I first started laying the foundation for setting up a business in the Philippines, I have flown from San Francisco to Manila and back about 30 times. I am closing in on half a million miles with Philippine Airlines and have become quite comfortable taking the 11 to 13 hour flight. Flying never gets old for me. The excitement of takeoff and landing takes my back to my childhood every time. Flying a lot is cool.
With the explosive growth in Business Process Outsourcing industry over the past decade, I imagine there are quite a few businesspeople who have flown more often than me. Occasionally I bump into another call center owner or outsourcing professional and have had some memorable conversations about the state of the industry. Make me think I need to do more networking to meet more cool people.
I also use my travel time to read and write a lot. I make a point of every eastbound flight to pick up a business book, read it and then use my findings in future blogs or training presentations. Of all the things I do, standing in front of a room of people to talk about analytics is my favorite. I meet a lot of people who are looking for help into how to get more analytics in their business. It is way cool to be able to turn them on to a new idea or approach to achieve that.
On pretty much every westbound flight I write a blog post while at the airport waiting for my flight. I like to reflect on my most recent time spent and share something that seemed inspirational at the time.
Flying to the Philippines always fills with me with anticipation of new adventures and as of now unseen opportunities ahead. My adopted home is such an amazing country, with off the charts promise as history propels the county forward.
Flying back to the U.S. always fills me with pride as I look forward to being back in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
When I fly at 30,000 feet across the Pacific I take the time to reflect on just who I am and why I have such a blessed life. I look forward to the next 30 trips with as much excitement as I did my first trip.
This just never gets old.
And that is super cool.