April 6 – Singapore, Singapore.
(I am writing this after my kids have gone to sleep during an extended 3 week “Easter holiday”.)
When people hear how much I travel, they often get a troubled look on their faces. “It sounds like an amazing life, but I pity your wife and your children.”
And yes, it is true, I do travel a lot. I was in 32 different countries last year. I spend more time in the air than a commercial airline pilot, and not long ago, I used three separate around-the-world-tickets in 2 months. And so it goes on.
But I also spend a lot of time at home with my kids.
I actually spent MORE time with my kids than someone who works 9-5, has 4 weeks of vacation and NEVER travels for work!
The difference being that the person who works 9-5 gets to see his or her young children a few hours before they go to sleep, whilst many of my hours with my kids are “quality hours” during the middle of the day when the kids – and their dad – are not tired.
If you are interested in the mathematics of the calculation it looks like this:
Working 8 hours Mon-Fri + 1 hour commuting to work + 1 hour of lunch away from home + 8 hours of sleep = 6 hours of “free time” that can be spent with kids (or train for a marathon or whatever).
47 working weeks + 6 hours of free time per day Monday – Friday = 1410 hours.
52 weekends * 16 hours of free time = 832
5 weeks vacation = 5 days + 5 weeks * 16 hours per day = 400
= 2642 hours of free time per year.
GLOBAL PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER (ME):
20 weeks of free time * 5 days per week * 16 hours = 1600 hours.
52 weekends * 16 hours = 832 hours
= 2432 hours of free time.
That makes 200 hours of more free time for the “normal worker” but then I have not counted all the days during my “working period” when I have days where I have some hours with my kids. It is EASILY 40 days per year (in reality much more than that). So 40 days * 6 hours with kids = 320 hours.
Conclusion: It is totally possible to be a global professional speaker AND have MORE quality time with your child than if you work “9 to 5” and never travel.
So how is it possible to squeeze in 80 different speeches in 32 different countries on 5 continents in only 7 months of actively working in one year? Well, that I will have to tell you in another post soon. 😉
So “travel the world” or “be with your kids”? Well, you can have it all. That is the life of a global professional speaker.