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Business Strategy Hostel or Hotel: What Your Personality Says About Your Work

I have always been inclined to immerse myself in the culture of anything I do. Whether it’s travel, a hobby, a sport, work, home – anything! To fully understand something I think you need to understand the culture around it.

When you travel, you have a choice. You can be a tourist or be an explorer. Being a tourist is great fun, you get to go sight-see, eat popular food, drink popular drinks, hang out with other tourists, see gorgeous architecture, stay in beautiful hotels or holiday homes and do popular activities. These are usually safe choices that millions of other people have done, so you can be pretty confident that your chosen activities are good choices.

On the flip side, you could travel like me. Explore the culture, meet the people who don’t speak your language and learn to communicate with them. Eat the food they make, support their small struggling businesses. I have found more passion and hospitality from people who have next to nothing. They are way more thankful for your business. You can see sights most tourists will never even know exist and fully immerse yourself in, and understand, the culture. To me travelling isn’t about doing what everyone else has done. It’s about learning and growing and being a part of something unexplored by most, and yes, sleeping in a smelly hostel.

I have the same mentality for everything I do. Sometimes this can make my life a bit hectic, as I also have a problem saying no a lot of the time. However, I can say with 100% enthusiasm that I experience as much as I can every single day of my life.

When you go to work you have the same two choices to make. You can do your job, be great at what you do and go home. You can follow the printed tasks and leave it at that. There is nothing wrong with this. In manufacturing it is actually quite standard. You clock in, complete your assigned tasks, maybe work some overtime and clock out. Every company needs these people. They are reliable, hardworking, and an amazing asset to the company…. Me on the other hand, I have never been this person.

I like to feel a fire, a passion for everything I do. I want to come into work and say yes to whatever comes my way. I like to know the company inside and out, and really make it a better place to be. I will never be the employee that comes in and follows a checklist and goes home. I love to learn and understand the culture of a business; I get to know everyone and understand why they do what they do. I have a passion for change and improving my workplace. I want to understand how everything works, and create something from that.

We all choose where we want to be, and how we want to get there. I like open doors, and finding magic everywhere I go, even if it is in a greasy machine shop.

How do you like to travel?