WHAT MOON HUNTING TAUGHT US ABOUT RESILIENCE.
Like many other people, our eyes were cast skyward last night in search of the elusive supermoon. Now, we are moon hunters from way back that have gone on many a jaunt to find the most optimal viewing vantage point, but for some reason (aside from its size) this November's supermoon had us thinking.
At 6:30pm, despite the wet weather and overcast skies, we decided we were still going to give it a shot. We got online to double check the moon rising time, and to work out which coastal location near us was facing due east without anything to obstruct our view. Our cameras were charged, our rain coats on.
We got to the beach car park and noticed there were many other keen moon hunters who had also decided to brave it. Some were a little more organised than us, having packed picnics and booze to inflate the spirits that the rain was dampening. We all chatted about how mad we must be to be standing out in the rain when there's little chance we'd see the moon, and rallied against the rain, wind, and moon-obscuring cloud cover. There was a lot of time keeping. But once the supposed moon rising time passed, there was a natural disappointment.
A few people jumped in their cars to race around to the next beach to see if a better view could be found. Some took their soggy-selves off to their cars and no doubt home to a warm shower. We opened up a star gazing app that maps the night sky to see if the moon had actually risen or not, and then decided to make it to higher ground to see if there was maybe a better view elsewhere.
In the end, after exploring all our options to no success, we conceded and went home. Supermoon-less but happy with the adventure we'd had, and the experience we'd shared with the people we met. There'll be other full moons, and with luck on our side, we'll still be around and kicking in 2034 to see the next super perigee. And that got me thinking...
It was resilience, in the face of adversity, that kept us all there - soggy and hopeful - that if we hung in there we'd be rewarded. We had planned and teamed up, prepared ourselves, and used the best resources at our disposal, but sometimes that's just not enough to succeed on a given occasion. But it's not a reason not to try again. It's this sort of resilience that is imperative in small business, but it is a skill that is developed, not an innate ability.
Richard Branson published an interesting article about his experience with resilience where he discusses the fact that resilience is built, not conjured or given; and that true entrepreneurial success lies in the ability to be brave, try, get knocked down, dust yourself, learn from your mistakes, and try again.
Resilience determines the difference between enthusiasm and true success; the resilience to shake it off, reset your thinking, transform failure into opportunity to optimise, and try again.
Let us know your thoughts below on your experience with resilience.
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Here is our Moon Hunter's playlist to inspire you while basking in the full moon glow.
For some LOLs, here is a song from The Moon.