We contunue the journey of business lessons and insights from my first zipline experience. If you missed Part 1 of this post, you can read it here.
Business Lessons : The First Jump Is The Real Test
After the safety briefing, putting on the gear and receiving instruction on what to do and how to do, it was time for that leap of faith.
There were 12 of us. The youngest was my 9 year old son Junior. At this stage our guide informed us that the first zip was the shortest of them all. It was the only one with steps for going down a route to take one back to base. This was so that whoever felt they could not continue through the whole course after that first experience could do so. All of us professed that we were not going to quit, not at the start.
One Of Us Actually Quit!
In the order in which we were organized, each one of us took off from Platform 1 and landed on Platform 2. Some landings were picture perfect. The majority were quite bumpy. In ziplining as in business, even with all the instructions given, not everyone will get it right at the beginning. So when starting out be understanding of youself and others. It will take a lot of practice to get better.
One of the people who got it right the first time was my 9 year old son. Throughout the course, he kept wondering why grown ups had challenges following instructions. The business lessons I learned from this were: it is easier to grasp and live principles when you are younger. If you are reading this and you are in your 20s or 30s, this is the best time to start out in business. You will adapt and learn faster than trying to do so when older. there is so much that I am learning and afraid to implement in my 50s that I wish I had learned in my ealier years. The boldness and innocence of youth is great advantage in business. For parents reading this, expose your children to business principles by surrounding yourself and your family with like-minded people. Your children will learn the art of risk taking and how to manage it when it is healthier for them to do so.
And guess what! After 100% of us professed to stick it out to the end, one of us actually quit! A lady in her early 40s said she could not go on. She got of the platform and went to wait for us at base. We were sad, disappointed and tried to persuade her to go on. Her husband was the most disappointed. Business lessons learned: when the going gets tough, only the tough get going. No matter how much you want everyone who starts out with you to complete the journey, some will quit. Embrace it and move on doing what needs to be done.
The Course Challenges Kept Changing
As we progressed through the zipline course, the challenge at each platform was different. Sometomes it was the length, height from the ground, speed on the zipline and so on. Each challenge demanded something different from us. There were multiple business lessons here too.
- Posture can make the zip easy or hard. How one positioned their body during the zip made a difference. In business, posture is not physical. It is mental. How confident are you in yourself, your skills and the busness you are doing. Build your confidence through personal development. Read business related books, attend trainig and surround yourself with the right people. Your posture will rise.
- Before taking each zip, we were instructed on how to deal with it. The same applies in business. Understand the chalenge. It is easier to deal with a challenge that you know. Put a strategy of how to tackle the challenge. Do not just go in anyhow. Consult those who have gone before you for advice.
- When people did a perfect landing, the rest of the team cheered and celebrated with them. When someone did not get it right, the others encouraged and gave advice on how to make things better. The business lessons here were that have an inner group of people who will celebrate your victories with you. They are also needed to correct you and encourage you when things go wrong.
- On the longest zipline, the speed was slower than most and we had to propel ourselves forward to make it to the end. Nearly all of us ended up “crawling” along the line to make it to the end. My 9 year old had to do a joint zip with our guide because on his own, he would have stopped midway. His being lightweight was a disadvantage for him. There is nothing wrong with seeking outside help for your business organization or your team. All entities go through a rough patch that cannot be overcome without external assistance. Never be too proud to ask for and accept the help.
I truly enjoyed our time together as a family during this ziplining experience. We made new friends with whom we are still in touch. We came out stronger and closer as a team (family). For me, the business lessons I took away were quite profound.
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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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