Resilience is about not letting the moment get the better of you.
To paint a picture of a resilience moment that I experienced during the Venture Program I'd like to start with a story.
For me resilience is about realising each and every moment is temporary. There is always a bigger goal that requires an ability to stay calm and always drive forward even when there is a lot of pressure.
Spearheading the organisation of this awesome program is Mark Sowerby, the current Queensland Chief Entrepreneur and all around champion of Queensland's startup scene. Backing up Mark and Ben were other leading active participants in Queensland's entrepreneurial ecosystem: including Shark Tank's Steve Baxter and celebrity chef Matt Golinski. The Venturer Program is a really exciting and original idea and I recommend giving it a go. You don't need to be a startup founder to apply, but you do need to be active in the Queensland entrepreneurial scene and open to discussing and improving your entrepreneurial attitude.
I always say when you ask someone to do something, you've got to be willing to do it yourself. I want my awesome team at Codebots to be brave and to always be ready to try new things. So that means I have to do likewise. To me, that's what being a startup founder is all about. The Venturer Program is about giving it a go, growing as a person, and in turn becoming a leader.
As an entrepreneur and a father I understand the time constraints we all put on ourselves, trying to be in two places at once and not miss anything important but it means there is no time for deep thought.
This trip provided me with an opportunity to make face to face connections, really get to know a number of people in a way that is just not possible with all the "noise" created in part by the various devices we carry around everywhere. As a founder of tech startup, I especially valued the chance to connect face to face with like minded peers and leaders. It is so important to me that moving forward we learn how to work alongside technology without forgetting the value of human interactions.
Overall given the nature of the adventure and the experience of going off-grid, if I had to describe the style of the trip, I'd say it was more James Bond than Bear Grylls! We had open ocean kayaks, maxi yacht racing, helicopter rides to the outer reef, mountain peak hiking, and giving back with eco beach clean ups and visiting sacred Aboriginal sites of the Ngaro.
The Venturer Program gave myself and my 19 fellow adventurers a chance to get off-grid and put down the phone, tablet, and laptop. I cannot emphasis enough how important it is to every now and then go off-grid and give yourself time and space for deeper thinking.