We had pretty much taken everything of the boat for the winter and consequently spent three full days sorting, reloading, restocking and preparing the boat, and as soon as the Christmas Day festivities were over we were very excited to head away for a couple of weeks of much-needed holiday.
However, the best laid plans were quickly interrupted when we discovered on our first night away, that we had no lights, no fridge, no anchor and no VHF radio.
Even though we both felt hugely frustrated, we didn't get upset and instead we said, 'That’s life. Let’s go home, let’s sort out the problem and let’s try again.'
Obviously flat batteries at the start of a holiday isn’t the worst problem in the world, but it’s an example of how life can throw us a curveball when we least expect it.
Regardless of the plans you’ve made, sometimes bad or unfortunate events will happen. The trick is how you deal with those events.
We all know this, but sometimes a little reminder doesn't hurt, and so I'm passing my learnt holiday lesson on to you as a valuable business lesson...
When you encounter an unexpected challenge, you have the choice to stay positive and understand that a setback is simply a test in the process of the kind of person you are and where your business is headed.
Happy New Year!
Marion Jackson is an accomplished Executive Assistant who has identified a gap in the local New Zealand market for providing affordable websites and business support.