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Picking the Mind of a Business Traveler

So, while booking a ticket for a forthcoming long-haul flight I had a hunch to spend a little bit of extra money and go for the equivalent of the airline’s instant upgrade class of ticket. I didn’t spend anything more than what I would have usually spent for a regular economy class ticket, well, because I was traveling during low-season and so the instant upgrade ticket actually cost as much as an economy class ticket usually costs during peak travel season.

So anyway, I was lucky to actually be awarded the instant upgrade, but it was all very dramatic, because it happened once I was already loaded onto the flight and had already boarded. One of the flight attendants walked up to me and asked me to confirm my identity. I thought something might be horribly wrong and my heart was pounding hard in my chest as I pondered the prospect of being off-loaded for some reason, but my fears were eased when the attendant said I’ve been upgraded and I should head over to the business class cabin, with immediate effect!

It would go on to make for a great experience, because I was sat next to an actual business traveler. I’m talking here someone who was actually traveling for business and I got the impression that he enjoys flying business class regularly, if not exclusively.

I made full use of the opportunity to pick his brain and he was only too happy to share some business advice with me, taking a very honest approach to it. Here’s what I learned.

The distinction between entrepreneurship and business reinforced

Look, I’ve known for a long time now that there’s a difference between an entrepreneur and a businessperson and that sometimes these can overlap in places, or completely. This time around though that whole idea was reinforced by some words which came from one of the horse’s mouth’s, with the business traveler gentleman I was sat next to openly admitting that he’s more of a businessman than an entrepreneur. Although deployed on company business, he is indeed an employee and he even went on to concede to the fact that an entrepreneur would likely not “waste money” on a business class ticket.

Sometimes the ends justify the means

My newly-made business traveler friend was headed all the way back to the United States, as the final destination of a two-legged journey which would see him first leaving the country and then coming back, all part of the process of helping a case he was to be a witness in. So he was scheduled to fly back home to meet with a criminal defense attorney in Rochester, MN. This just goes to show that when there’s an important ultimate goal in mind, sometimes the ends justify the means.

He wouldn’t go into any detail about the case, but whoever it involves, is “innocent until proven guilty,” right?

Health comes first

The final lesson learned from our exchange was that health comes first, above everything else, which is why he chooses to fly in the comfort of business class. He wants to make sure he’s firing on all cylinders whenever he lands at his destination for the bit of business he has lined up.

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