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My Life-Changing Revelation About My Travel Schedule

I travel a lot. Nearly a flight a week. It’s more than most people should ever travel, and I worry that one day researchers will discover that this much travel causes heart problems, cancer, or something else. Truth be told, it’s exposed me to some things that might be worse than a disease. Once you sit next to a smelly obese guy that wears a tank top, a hysterical woman who is convinced the flight is going down, or a crazy drunk in First Class, you’ll know what I mean. At any rate, years ago I hit a wall. I just couldn’t take being away from home, living out of a suitcase, or standing in the TSA line one more time. The weekly time zone changes alone had taken their toll. Honestly, I had a meltdown. I realized I just couldn’t do it anymore.

But then I had a revelation. This is what I do. What else can I do? Sell shoes at the mall? Outside of creative work, I’m remarkably lacking in other skills. Plus as Hy­man Roth fa­mously in­toned to Michael Cor­leone in “The God­father Part II,” “Michael, this is the busi­ness we’ve cho­sen.”

So I decided to make the best of it.

I joined the airline club because I spend a lot of time and do a great deal of work there. I bought expensive luggage (after all, this is my office.) I bought clothes that were better for traveling. I focus on one hotel chain so I get VIP status and have a routine I follow when I walk into that hotel room.

Since then? My life has changed. I’ve accepted that this is the work I do, plus, the truth is, I have close friends all over the world I could turn to in a minute’s notice. I see things every week most people rarely see in a lifetime. Perhaps most important, I get to work with amazing clients doing remarkable things on a global basis.

So the question is – what’s driving you crazy? Do you need to deal with it? Granted, I’m an eternal optimist so I see a silver lining in everything, but you have to ask yourself the question: Will I keep going nuts the rest of my life, or could I make some adjustments that will change everything?

For instance, I refused to join the airline club for years because it was expensive. Until I realized the incredible amount of work I could do in a quiet, private space. Why I waited so long, I’ll never understand.

It’s possible to change what’s driving you crazy. But it’s up to you. Let me know if you’ve come to that same conclusion…

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  1. So true. I’ve also held out on joining a club lounge forever because all of my flights were direct, so I never really needed it. But since I’ve moved, everything is a connecting flight. And yes, it’s a lot easier to get stuff done with free WiFi and a quiet space during those layovers versus in the middle of a crowded airport.

    A wise person also told me about ten years ago to pick one airline, hotel chain, and rental car company. It makes life a lot easier.

  2. So true. I’ve also held out on joining a club lounge forever because all of my flights were direct, so I never really needed it. But since I’ve moved, everything is a connecting flight. And yes, it’s a lot easier to get stuff done with free WiFi and a quiet space during those layovers versus in the middle of a crowded airport.

    A wise person also told me about ten years ago to pick one airline, hotel chain, and rental car company. It makes life a lot easier.

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