Overcoming Setbacks

I lost my trusty mate…

Even when the odds seem stacked against you, it’s about time to fly higher than you ever did before.

My drone and I went on a beautiful adventure, but it crashed. It felt like my heart took a nosedive, too. You know the feeling when something you love… kaputs? That was me, gutted and a bit scared. I couldn’t imagine working without my trusty mate (the drone).

Joseph Campbell talks about the hero’s journey in his book. It’s like a map for every story where the hero faces a massive challenge, has a crack at overcoming it, and comes out wiser on the other side. 

That’s what happened to me, in a way. The crash wasn’t just about losing my gear; it was a journey to discovering how to bounce back smarter.

Here’s what I learned from my little tale:

  • Rest up, big time. Working yourself to the bone? That’s a recipe for disaster.
  • Insurance isn’t just paper; it’s peace of mind. Get yourself covered.
  • Know your battleground. Study the flight zone like you’re prepping for a final exam.
  • Always have a Plan B. Or, in this case, a backup drone. Especially if you’re off the beaten track.

Sometimes, you’ve gotta crash to soar. It’s not just about the fall; it’s about getting back up, learning, and flying higher. 

Every hero’s journey starts with a challenge. It’s how we come back from it that counts.


Rodrigo Branco Matsumoto.

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