I just arrived back in California yesterday after a 9-day trip to visit Tatiana’s family. More of a “work remotely” experience for me. But I enjoyed the trip and took a break from the routine. 💻
We both were very grateful for the family time.
And being Tatiana grew up on the other side of the world, it’s always a unique experience visiting where she spent her childhood. One with an incredible perspective.
It also always makes me a better leader & person for you and my team. As such, here are 5 lessons, I was reminded of and believe will be valuable for you. 📝
- Learn the basics of the Metric scale. We Americans are truly unique. And while I love to measure in Fahrenheit and LBS just like you. The world doesn’t. You don’t have to be an expert with precision but having a basic understanding will greatly help you in your travels. And at the gym when you are abroad lifting in Kilograms 😉
- Traveling is not an excuse for skipping on your health. Admittedly, when on the road it’s much harder to work out and eat clean. Yes, you should prepare for some wiggle room. But no need to go off the rails. Indulge a little, but still commit to 2-3x workouts per week and keep most of your nutrition healthy. A mark of 70% of your normal clean living should be the target.
- Be a traveler and not a tourist. Or at the very least be both. I learned this from the late Anthony Bourdain. Admittedly, I only go to Hollywood sign, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Pier when a family from out of town comes in. Nothing wrong with seeing those sights. But that’s not what I do for fun, my daily routine, or how average California lives. 👊 Therefore, when you travel, yes go see some “tourists’ sights”. But also keep deep into the culture and see how people really live. You will be blessed with many perspectives and gain more value.
- There’s beauty in the struggle. While traveling has some amazing and life-changing attributes. It’s also very hard and uncomfortable. Just like working out. Embrace the suck and know there’s beauty in the struggle. The struggle of traveling is the price you must pay to enrich your life. The outcome is your focus.
- Make good on your promises. In early 2012 and with my broken Portuguese at the time.. I promised Tatiana’s mom and family I would bring her back every December as I swept her to the US. Make good on your promises and remember that spending time with family is important. This is especially true during the holidays. You know that but always a great reminder.
- Bonus (exceeding expectations): The more you travel, the more you realize you don’t know. That’s a good analogy for life. Travel (and fitness) both give you incredible confidence, but also humble you at the same time. I love both for this reason and want to inspire you to do the same.
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season! 🎉
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