Travel can hold fun business lessons.
Two weekends ago we went ziplining at a nice place called Amanzingwe Lodge, in the Magaliesburg Mountains of South Africa with my family. It was a great time for us to play together, bond and create unforgettable memories.
There were many other activities we did, but the pinacle was the zipline experience. It was a combination of fun, learning and team building. Me, being the business person that I am, took away a few lessons from the experience. The lessons can apply across a number of situations where challenges arise.
I am customizing the lessons to my profession of network maketing basing on the different stages that we went through leading to, during, and after the ziplining experience.
The Ziplining Briefing
For all five of us in my family and everyone else who was in our group, it was our first time to go ziplining. We were excited but nervous on the safari truck as we bounced off from the hotel to the ziplining site. On arrival we were given a briefing by our guides, explaining how long the ziplining course was, how many platforms we were going to go through and what was expected of us in terms of safety. This was an eye opener for us and we were told that anyone who felt uncomfortable at this stage after understanding what was involved could opt out. Nobody opted out.
In business, just like in ziplining one needs to do their due dilligence. Read about or find people who know the area of business that you about to embark on. That way you go in with your eyes wide open. We did not have all day to decide whether or not we were going to participate. A quick decision was to be made. The same applies in business. After collecting the facts, decide quickly. Do not ponder for too long.
Gearing Up For Ziplining
Once we understood what was required of us and decided we wanted to continue, our guides put the gear on us. There is no way one can zipline without the gear. Some of it was for safety and some of it was for functionality, to allow us to dangle from the line. In business, it is important to be fully equipped for success. Have all the resources that are needed. They could be human, capital, intellectual etc. resources. The research stage should provide information for that mobilization. Gearing up for your business must be for everyone you are taking along with you. Our guides and us were all geared up.
Trusting the Guides and Equipment
When we got to the first platform, our faith was truly put to the test. We had to trust the instructions given by our guides as well as the equipment and lines were were going to be suspended from. I recall a statement that my nine-year old son expressed just before he took off on the first and shortest line. He put out his arm in front of him and said “Wow! There is nothing but air between the code and the ground.” That was an expression of the fear that he felt. What if the glider broke while speeding down the code? So far in the history of the particular ziplining tour we were on, that had not happened yet. That gave us a bit of courage.
In the business arena however, casualties have been there. People have started businesses and they have failed. Do we make our decisions to go on based on statistics? If that were the case, there would be no new business ventures. The fact that others have failed does not mean that you will fail. Our focus must be on the fact that others have succeeded. So, if they can make it, so can I.
That was the attitude I adopted when I decided to put my neck on the block, so to speak, and become a home business owner. The experience along the journey has been amazing. You will get to appreciate that exhillaration in Part 2 of this article where I am going to share with you what transpired during the actual ziplining.
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Nomusa is a good wife of one and a loving mother of four sons. A professional water resources consultant with a Masters degree in Water Resources Engineering and Management, she has mastered the art of mindset shifting and integrating her conventional professional training with becoming a successful God praising network marketing business owner.
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