We all want to learn the secret of how to be successful. And while some of us will be, others won’t. There’s a lot of debate about what creates the road to success.
It’s perseverance, working hard, and being focused and motivated, no doubt. But can success come from knowing when to walk away and take a vacation? There’s plenty of evidence concluding that people who travel frequently tend to be rather successful. Here’s why.
1. Fear of the unknown drives your ambition.
Travelling helps you acquire skills naturally while building your character.
When you travel, you learn to take action and accept challenges. You also learn creative ways to adapt to change and use your resources wisely. All of these behaviours lie at very core of achieving success in business and inspire innovation and creativity.
2. Trying something new can expand your horizons.
So many of us go to the same desk in the same office and work on the same computer each day. It’s comfortable. But sometimes we can learn a lot and think more when we leave the familiar and see new things.
We may leave with some new ideas. Embracing change can help us in all areas of our lives.
3. You’ll always see the big picture.
When we don’t take time away from work, it’s easy to get caught up in the immediate pressures of the day to day. A little time away, even if it’s just a long weekend, can create the psychological distance to make it easy to see what really matters.
Reconnecting with what really matters in your work will make you better at prioritizing.
4. Vacations improve your overall health.
“Stress accumulation increases our risk for almost every disease. Disease and poor health affect the ability to consistently maintain personal and professional goals. Vacations can decrease anxiety levels and boost metabolism. Not only do vacations impact our health, but they also promote creativity, allow time to recharge, and boost positivity, increasing productivity in the long run,” says Jessie Gill, a holistic nurse.
There’s a beautiful world out there waiting to be explored.
5. Travelling brings a higher level of perspective.
“Each time I come back from a trip, I feel as if I’ve learned something new and enhanced my know-how or perspective on how the world really works. The world is huge in terms of opportunities to contribute and learn, and isn’t big in terms of physical reach,” says Jason Ma, chief mentor at ThreeEQ, a firm that advises CEOs and execs for success.
He continues, “Family is my first priority, but I must say that travelling, during which I’m with myself, does offer space for me to reflect, clear my head a bit, and refresh. I find that it can actually aid in relationships if we view it as an opportunity to miss each other.”
6. Networking helps you establish influence and respect.
Sharon Schweitzer tells the story of a CEO of a consulting firm who was sent to Myanmar on a major multi-year assignment. From 1962 to 2011, Myanmar was a nation run by a military dictatorship. This might have suggested to the CEO that the country’s culture puts processes before people. Quickly, however, he learned that the opposite is true.
Over time, the CEO nurtured an infinitely important circle of connections in government and business communities. On one occasion, after meeting a certain Thai sugar exporter, he introduced the exporter to numerous higher-ups in State Ministries across the country.
The network led to success for all. This CEO is an example of how you can establish valuable relationships without resorting to gamesmanship, let alone bribery or corruption. As another CEO once said to her, “You will likely need to invest in relationships over a period of several years before expecting anything to be signed, sealed, and delivered.”