Traveling has many benefits. It helps us see the world with different eyes and emancipate ourselves. It even seems that A trip to India was what helped Mark Zuckerberg pursue his mission of launching Facebook!
As women, especially women entrepreneur, it is essential to keep working on our growth. Traveling can be a great tool to do so. Here is how.
It will help you stop limiting yourself
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” — Napoleon Hill
Oftentimes, more subconsciously than consciously, we tend to limit ourselves. Not only as women entrepreneur but as human-beings. We let negativism invade our minds and find ourselves doubting the dreams that we have on the inside of us. Traveling, opens our mind to a world of possibilities, to new ways of seeing and understanding things and to new opportunities. This has the power to shift our perspective and make us realize that we need to stop limiting ourselves. Our dreams are achievable, our goals are attainable and our vision is possible, if only we believe in the power of our will.
It will encourage you to embrace novelty
Traveling exposes us to things we have never seen or done before. As an entrepreneur, it is important for you to have an open mind about things and realize that your way of doing things is not the only way. Traveling helps you have different perspectives and as a result, transforms you into an entrepreneur who knows how to adapt, change and be flexible.
It will help you step out of your comfort zone
Traveling makes us uncomfortable, which is the perfect situation for growth. When you get out of your routine, you will open your mind to new ways of doing things. This aspect is very important when it comes to entrepreneurship. Getting comfortable in the system is one of the worst thing that could happen to you. With a market that changes constantly, the need to adapt is crucial. The most successful companies are the ones that have learned to adapt their products and services to the market’s demands. Traveling will make you bold and not afraid of change or discomfort. You will learn to tap into new information and transform them in order to adapt what you offer to your target market’s needs. A great entrepreneur is not afraid to take risks. Traveling will help the adventurous soul in you come out of hiding and embrace the surprises this world has to offer.
It will make you feel more alive
Traveling makes you more alive! It has the power to expose you to adventures and discoveries you would have never gotten the chance to explore during your day to day activities. When you travel, you meet yourself. You get to fall in love with parts of yourself you never knew could come alive and as a result, you love yourself more. When you love yourself, you will seek to fill your life with things that make you more alive: You will do things you love and choose a career that will make you fulfilled and give you a sense of purpose. When you do what you love, you will have more drive and passion to pursue your dreams. All of this will make you a better entrepreneur, a go-getter who knows what she wants and does everything in her power to get it.
It teaches you how to truly connect to people
Because you will get to connect with so many people, traveling will help you communicate better, show more empathy and make you a better listener. These are qualities that will make you a better entrepreneur as you will be able to communicate your vision more clearly and work in team.
Related: 4 Traits of a good team builder.
It teaches you how to prioritize
Let’s talk about money management! As an entrepreneur, it is important for you to prioritize. What better way to learn how to do so than while managing your money abroad? Traveling requires time-management. The more you travel, the easier researching, selecting and planning a trip becomes. These skills are invaluable to entrepreneurs who need to make the most out of their time and money.
It makes networking easier!
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain
Traveling helps us meet many different people from all around the world. These connections are priceless as you will get to hear different perspectives and start unexpected partnerships. If you do not enjoy the same old networking methods, traveling can be a great way to replace it.
If you were waiting for a sign, this is it. Go explore the world. Intern abroad, partake in an exchange program or simply search for jobs in different states! We only regret the chances we do not take.
Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Shortstints