I saw this quote recently. It moved me.
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Each week, I have a blank page. The opportunity to erase the blinking cursor on my computer screen. It’s the time for us to have a conversation together. So what should we talk about?…
I like the analogy that we can pull from Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote about how people talk and how the subject of our conversations can classify us as having a great, average or small mind.
I couldn’t help but ask the question… Are we all small-mind travelers?
Who are Small-Mind Travelers?
Have you wanted to just escape to somewhere…anywhere!? Have you recently skimmed the surface of a foreign land after flying 18+ hours in a cramped airplane with re-circulated air and mushy food?
Let’s get honest. Because travel is a self-focused luxury, most of us are small-mind travelers. We travel to forget, to run away, to escape, to indulge, to take-advantage, to heal, etc. etc.
Some of these motives may not be bad, and at times may be even necessary. But just like a person who focuses all of their conversations only around events and people…there is still a better choice.
Great-mind travelers are not happy with the status quos. We want to explore, to learn, to grow and to have a great time doing it. We stand in awe of creation, and are humbled by those who are created different from us.
We are adventurous and bold, yet quiet and respectful in cultures that require our understanding.
We step out into the unknown, and ask for a helping hand when we get lost. We journey off the beaten path…but also find new and interesting ways to learn from the well-worn roads that are often ignored by travelers searching only for novelty.
We travel uniquely, dig deeper, ask questions, exchange ideas and serve others no matter where our interests may lead us.
A Winning Combination
Today I want to challenge all of us to really live what Eleanor Roosevelt says, and to apply her concept of great minds to our travels. Don’t spend your limited vacation days each year focusing on meaningless distractions. Ask yourself the hard questions. Dig deeper.
Use your time traveling to re-align your priorities, to serve others and ultimately to ask yourself, “what is this all about?”
Be a great mind…. And connect with other great minds around the world.
Why I love Social Entrepreneurs
Social entrepreneurs are like great-mind travelers, yet perhaps more important. They want to push the limits as well, but are grounded in their love of home. They are patriotic, yet dedicated to producing the change they want to see in their communities. They may be small, but they are also bold. Seeking out the smallest opportunities to make large impact, with nothing but hard work and creativity.
As you take trips around the world, don’t underestimate the power of social enterprises to help you create meaningful adventures for yourself. By spending time with local projects, you will not just exchange ideas – you will make incredible memories, create lasting friendships and be a part of something bigger than just yourself.
Be a great-mind traveler. You won’t regret it.
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