I wholeheartedly believe that there's a reason why you meet everyone you do and that there's something you can learn from every single person. I call this thing you learn a "gem." From now on, I'll share some gems--starting with a story--that I've learned from random people I meet, most of whom I only met once and may never see again.
Who: Man who sat next to me on a plane.
Where: Can't remember exactly.
When: Sometime within the last 3 months.
What: He told me that he always encourages his kids to wake up early in the morning like he does, but they never do. Every day, he drives 2 hours to work and 2 hours back home. This shocked me, so when I asked something along the lines of, "How do you do it? How do you find the motivation to do that every day?" His response: