Lessons That Patrick Van Negri Has Learned Exploring the World

    Being a style icon and an avid social media influencer, Patrick Van Negri has to be always on the move and has to travel far and wide. He loves traveling, and from all his trips and explorations, he still happens to learn something new. According to him, going is not only for the purpose you are traveling for, but it does also teach you many things throughout the course of your journey. So, what are those things? What are those lessons that he picked up?

    Traveling Is the Most Rewarding Experience

    Traveling teaches you many things in your life that you would otherwise never even come close to in a typical 9 to 5 life. It takes you to places and moves you out of your comfort zones. You see things that you have never seen before; you make eye-opening discoveries that make everlasting impacts on your hearts and minds — traveling shifts the focus of your lives from the monotonous, mundane routines to many other things that you will experience for the very first time in your lives. And those experiences are going to last a lifetime. Traveling teaches you that many things will happen for the first time and that you will have to be conscious of such things and that everything will be alright. 

    Plan, but Prepare to Improvise

    When you embark on a journey with a readymade plan in mind, you must know that not everything may go as planned, just as in life. Have your ideas and strategies in place, and when you see something is not working, be sure to improvise quickly and use a backup plan and keep moving. Traveling teaches you just that. It shows you that things would often not go as planned, but you have to adapt quickly and continue with the journey and enjoy the uncertainties and the chaos. Traveling does not always mean that you visit the tourist destinations still, instead get out to discover the unknown and the unpredictable. Go out and visit places that people dread to go to. Defeat your fears. If you are scared to travel solo, do it, and you will be amazed at how well it all went.

    Meet New People – Get Rich in Empathy and Compassion

    When you travel, you tend to meet a lot of new people and come to know about many cultures that you never knew existed. Be it in Europe or America or Africa when you experience the contrasts between the cultures and people’s way of life across the globe and understand the reasons behind it, you become more understanding. You gain more of an understanding perspective when it comes to every culture and tradition of every new place you visit. You are endowed with that perspective that there is so much more to embrace and learn in the world. You become more open-minded and prepared to accept new cultures and become more empathetic and compassionate.

    Never Judge a Book by Its Cover

    When you are traveling, you come across a lot of people, languages, dialects, body languages, cultures, attires, so on and so forth. And so you will have to set aside your preconceived notions and judging glasses and learn about things as and when they occur and happen to you. A word of advice is to make sure you know about the country, the place, and their culture a bit before your visit so that you are mentally prepared to see what you will see and make sure you are not doing something disrespectful to their culture that isn’t disrespectful in your culture. Traveling as such teaches you that people live differently in different parts of the world, and you can’t judge them by their first impressions.

    Your Comfort Zones Won’t Let You Grow

    The best thing about traveling is the fact that you get to come out of your comfort zones to explore and embrace things that you never knew existed. You see new places, meet new people, experience new things and discover something good or bad every single day. This is where you enhance your horizons of learning new things and making new fruitful relationships that are going to be helpful both for your personal growth and for the growth of your business. Yes, there would be side effects of coming out of your comfort zones, you would be scared, feel miserable at times and may even like to get back to your comfortable lives, but at the end of it all, it is going to be thoroughly rewarding.

    As such, Patrick Van Negri recommends that one must travel to come out and embrace new experiences and learn about new cultures and people. He encourages people to go out of their cocoons and comfort zones. That, according to him, is the true foundation for his success and achieving new things and climbing up the growth ladder.

    • Tony "Disrupt" Delgado

      CEO of Disrupt Magazine

      Tony Delgado ( @disruptceo ) is a Puerto Rican-American software developer, businessman, activist, philanthropist, tech entrepreneur, and founder of Disrupt Magazine.