A Life Lesson From Frequent Travelers (Truby Tip from the San Francisco Airport)

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Last Updated on June 10, 2024 by Bill Truby

Ever feel like daily life throws curveballs your way, like unexpected (and definitely unwanted) travel delays, for example? Here’s a life lesson gleaned from millions of miles traveled that can make a surprising difference in your interactions and overall well-being.

Direct Video Transcript:

Joanne and I are at the San Francisco Airport heading to Cleveland to go do some training and leadership and management for an engineering firm.

As I was walking through the airport, I thought about things that we do consistently.

I have 1.5 million miles in United Airlines. That’s not award miles. Those are literal miles over the last four decades.

And there’s something that we always do, and I’m gonna boil it down to three things that will hopefully help you.

One, we get here early, which suggests the need to plan ahead.

Two, we interact friendly – in a friendly way with the people around. Everybody’s so stressed and rushed and, and it seems like people are just heavy and necessarily themselves at the airport.

We are people who treat people with respect and kindness, and we interact in a friendly way. And it seems like at least we’ve gotten the feedback that we’re sort of a light in the darkness that surrounds people’s stress loads as they’re traveling.

And the third thing is to be flexible – to go with the flow.

We just got our flight delayed by an hour. An hour! But you can’t change it, so why not accept it and go with the flow?

I think those are three things that we could do in life.

Plan ahead, interact in a friendly way to the people around you and go with the flow.

You do that. Life’s a bit better.

Bill Truby

Founder and President of Truby Achievements