26 take offs and landings took my business partner April and me to the other side of the world and back for 3 weeks of cultural diversity, hard work, and once in a lifetime opportunities. What I brought back was a new perspective on people, life and business.
The focus of our trip was Saudi Arabia and India. This wasn’t my first trip to India, but this trip afforded me the experience of learning about the history and culture of both countries, to interact with their entrepreneurs on a personal level, and left me feeling connected in a way I hadn’t experienced before.
Those differences, however, are on the surface. They are what we experience, not who we are. What we share amongst our cultures, is that we are all just people that are trying to make our way and find a place where we can fit in and feel valued. Our countries go to different lengths to protect their people, but the goal is the same – to protect the people. Businesses around the world strive to stay in the game, and deal with the difficulty of markets, competitors, regulators, and the finance world (which is terribly unfriendly these days!).