I’m Bryan Paul Buckley – a business travel performance expert.
I work with road warriors who want to be challenged, motivated, and inspired to leverage not limit the road to be elite in what matters most in their lives.
I’m a husband of one and father of five (buy four, get one free in Chicago) who absolutely adores my wife and kids. But life the life of a Road Warrior effects especially them.
I want to not only stay as connected as possible with them while I’m gone but also come home with the energy needed for wife (who often needs a break), my kids (who missed their Dad), and my close friends.
THE BACK STORY
I started traveling at a young age with my father who was a Road Warrior. Then when I had my chance, I would travel for research and would speak all over the country. I didn’t have a care in the world, and like most people in their twenties, I felt invincible. The late nights, bad food, and lack of movement were for “everyone else” who didn’t have my drive and energy level.
I felt the only thing that could stop me was not having enough time. I pushed so hard. Even though I was achieving results, I was not focused. My desire to show others I could make it on my own led me to take on almost any and every challenge that came my way … and that soon would prove to have disastrous repercussions.
SOMETHING IS WRONG
Decades later, my lifestyle was that of a professional business traveler. I was eating the best of the king’s food and drinking the best of the king’s wine, but in February of 2011, my body started kicking back with some unusual symptoms.
On my 40th birthday, my wife gave me the gift of a one-way ticket to the doctor for a full panel of tests. (She’s generous like that.)
Not knowing what to do with me, they ran extensive tests. The good news was they couldn’t find anything wrong. The bad news was they couldn’t find anything wrong.
But I knew in my heart that something was definitely wrong … and then I willingly chose to ignore that feeling. I had too much to do and not enough time to do it in, so I went back to business (travel, that is) as usual. I hit the road harder, and my early inner warning signal was quickly ignored. I showed them. Like so many other business travelers, I live by this quote:
If you want to do something, you’ll find a way.
If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. - Jim Rohn
If you’re like me and willing to justify avoiding something you really don’t want to do, then you’ll understand what I did next.The truth was I didn’t want to stop and rest. My identity was in my drive and producing results. If I stopped, I thought I would lose ground and ultimately lose. I hate losing.
I pushed it even harder, traveling an insane number of miles for business. I increased my pace and responsibility. I lived in the moment and was willing to sacrifice everything—including my health and family.
Over the next few months, I was diagnosed with HPA Axis Dysfunction. Translation: I was running my body into the ground. My stress and pace had damaged my nervous and endocrine systems, which produced my energy. Something had to change, or it would literally shut down my body.
To be honest, this really scared me. I was the sole financial provider for my family. I was literally forced to change. I also didn’t have all the answers, but I knew it would not be a quick fix (if fixable at all). Not the place I wanted to be in, but my focus was now on getting myself healthy.
Everyone who knew me or met me was completely shocked that I had “energy issues” because I was still so active and intense. But now my energy is a commodity that needs to be spent on the things that really matter.
I actually view this diagnosis as a rare gift. It’s forced me to get focused on how to manage and increase my energy so I can maximize my results both on the road and at home.
IT CAN BE DONE
Slowly, every part of me began to heal. I was on a strict rest and supplement protocol that was brutal yet necessary. Through nontraditional medicine and a holistic practitioner named Treva Thompson of Living Tree Health and Wellness, I began to see my body literally regain life and energy. I began to have hope.
Ironically, my character was deepened along with my faith during this journey. I’ve learned to listen to my body—really listen. What does it need right now?
For a driven, high performer, this is a drastic change of operation. But it’s necessary, and it literally changed and saved my life.
There are many of you Road Warriors out there who are like me. Some part of my story is your story. You’re somewhere along my journey. My hope is you find enlightenment, encouragement, and hope in knowing there is someone else out there like you.
I get you. I am you, Road Warrior.
I’m back on the road and living a completely different road lifestyle. I no longer view a trip as a vacation but as my vocation. I’m the “one of these guys is not like the other” guy when traveling. And I love it. There are enough of those other guys out there, and I’m on a mission to challenge and inspire more of them—more of you—to stop going off-road on the road.
I love options.
So, depending if you’re on your own pursuit to become an Elite Road Warrior or your company is behind you and on your side to invest into you, choose accordingly.