Being a traveler and taking time off of work can sometimes reflect poorly on your future employment applications. Yet, it can also be one of the most important attributes an employer is seeking to find. People with an inner need to constantly explore are often some of the best employees. They have international experiences, a thirst to improve that is never really satisfied, and the outcome is a happy boss because your sense of adventure has made the company become better today than it was yesterday.
Here are 5 more reasons why being an adventurer in practice and at heart can make you more competitive for any job application.
1. You Think Independently
Employers like people who are “team players,” but they also want people who aren’t afraid to make a critical decision when the moment requires it. Being an adventurer means you know when to work with others and when you need to find a new trail to explore. This characteristic is loved by bosses because you’re always looking for new ideas that make you and the team better.
2. You Bring New Ideas
International experiences help people to see the world in a very different way. It opens up the mind to new ideas that can help fuel your own creativity. The end result is that your quest to be an adventurer lets you be able to offer ideas that no one else is able to offer. It all comes down to perspective. There’s nothing wrong with never leaving the community where you grew up because this gives you a local perspective that is profound. Being an adventure means you have a global perspective instead.
3. You Have Proven Adaptability
Every job gives employees a twist or turn every now and then. Change is going to happen. Adventurers are able to adapt to those changes because they see it so often on the trail. A sunny day can suddenly turn to rain and the easy trail up to a summit just turned to mud. Instead of giving up, you figure out a way to keep going. Of course change can be difficult, but instead of complaining about it, you keep putting one foot in front of the other to achieve your goal.
4. You Are Self-Motivated
It’s hot. It’s humid. There is sweat dripping from your brow. Your clothes are soaked with perspiration. You’ve only made it half-way up the mountain. As you take a drink, you’re left with three choices: you can stay here, you can give up, or you can keep going. As an adventurer, more often than not you keep going. The decision to keep moving forward, even when you’re tired, thirsty, and hot, requires self-motivation. You know how to push yourself so you can experience something fantastic. This is a trait every boss loves because it means they can trust you to get the job done no matter what happens.
5. You Proactively Solve Problems
No adventure isn’t without its share of problems. You might not be familiar with the local language. The taxi fare might be more than you budgeted and you need a new way to get to where you’re headed. You might find yourself on the wrong trail because you turned left at the fork in the journey instead of right. Knowing how to solve these problems helps you figure out how to solve work-related problems quite effectively. Instead of running to your boss for help, you take a moment, find a solution, and then implement it so the job gets done.
The idea that we need to be constantly engaged with our professional responsibilities is false. We all need to take time away from what we do to pursue an adventure. Whether you climb a mountain, walk a new trail in the city, or even take cooking classes for the first time, being an adventurer can be the best thing that happens to you – and your boss.
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