I spent the first several days of this week on this road, getting on and off more airplanes that I care to count. And, if you’re like most procurement professionals, you probably do your fair share of traveling, too.

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Of course, there’s one thing that is like nails on a chalkboard to most business travelers: sitting next to a crying baby. And, on the last flight of my trip, there was a baby who deserved a gold medal in the art of crying!

I overheard comments from many of my fellow passengers as they lamented their plight of being stuck in an aluminum-tube-with-seats with a tantruming infant. Me? Babies crying doesn’t bother me.

I just thought, I could have been that crying baby on a plane a few decades ago. Any one of my fellow passengers could have been.

And I also thought about what babies represent. A baby represents opportunity and the future. That baby may someday grow up to change the world and make it a better place. That baby on the plane might become the next Bill Gates, Mother Teresa, or Martin Luther King, Jr.

If it did, would you complain about listening to it cry for an hour? Or would you thank the poor mother who has to deal with the sound and the embarrassment for bringing a future hero into the world?

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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