B2B Inspiration: The road travelled with Jon Evans

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You can bet that anyone who’s travelled 66 countries in 16 years has seen some really interesting things.

Jon Evans did, and has. And fortunately for armchair travellers, the Toronto resident is also a journalist and an award-winning novelist, so he was able to document his real-life adventures.

Evans, who has been to countries in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, Australasia and Asia, has authored four thrillers, one graphic novel, and one dark urban fantasy, and as a software engineer and developer, he writes a weekly column for Tech Crunch.

“I find it hard to travel and not be inspired to write; this book’s really the direct result of that,” said Evans. “I think most people share that, to a degree – travel takes you outside your comfort zone and gives you new perspective on things you hadn’t thought about before, or, even better, things you wrongly thought you understood.”

Although he’s used to writing thrillers, the escapades and near-escapes he chronicles in his book, No Fixed Address, are his own.

The book, which was recently long-listed for the 2016 ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year Award, touches on Evans’ experiences from Cape Town to St. Petersburg to Beijing, and everywhere in between. He’s been lost on the way to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and has travelled across seven time zones in Russia.

So what does travelling have to do with business? Are there enough commonalities that the B2B professional can pull lessons from Evans’ stories?

Absolutely, Evans said.

“Hopefully some reinforcement that getting lost, exploring new unknown territories, taking risks, and trying new experiments can be richly rewarding experiences from which you profit immensely, even if, or especially if, they never pay off in exactly the way that you dreamed (or) imagined before you began,” he said.

To win a copy of No Fixed Address, follow us on Twitter @B2BNewsNetwork and tell us what habits lead you to success. Include the hashtag #B2BInspiration. Contest closes on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET.

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Tracey Tong

Tracey Tong is an award-winning journalist with over 15 years in newspapers and communications. She is a former managing editor at Metro News and has contributed stories on business, politics, technology, science, healthcare and the arts to dozens of publications all over North America. The Burlington native currently makes her home in Ottawa. Find her on Twitter @TraceyTong

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