I learned a lot of valuable lessons in business class. What I did not expect was to find their truth when talking about travel!
Experience Can’t be Measured with Savings
One lesson of many in my collegiate career was on the value of good hiring practices. “Experience,” the professor said, emphatically, “is worth paying for.” His argument was simple, and made absolute sense: When you hire someone with experience, you save money on training, and see results sooner. Even a bunch of adle-minded collegians could understand the principle.
“But,” he continued, “you have a budget. You only have so much money to spend on everything you need to run your business.” The more you can save in one area, the more you can spend on something more important, and “nothing is more important than experience.” This also made sense, and we were a little bit awestruck when we heard this pearl of wisdom: Experience can’t be measured with savings.
A hundred dull pencils scratched those words into a hundred composition books.
Flash forwards a number of years. I’m now making travel plans and contemplating some of the things we want to do on the trip, the experiences we want to have. “That’s expensive,” I thought. Sure, it’s a great experience – something we’ll remember for the rest of our lives – but it’s expensive.
That’s when my professor’s words came back to me. Is saving that money more important than sharing an experience we will remember for years to come? Everyone’s answer might be different, but ours was simple: No.
We can measure the savings in dollars, but experience can’t be measured with savings.
The funny thing is, I have no idea now how much I paid for those memories. I still have them, though, and I’ve never missed that money.
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