There is speculation out there as to whether the commodity prices are at their lowest ebb and the upside is coming. But how do we know for certain, when is the right time to plunge in rather than just dip your toe in the water?
I have just returned from sailing a yacht across the Great Australian Bight from Port Lincoln to Esperance. There is a lot of ocean out there and despite all the assurance that we have picked a perfect window for weather there are no guarantees of calm seas. So I packed my full ocean sailing clobber and my travel sickness pills in preparation for whatever the ocean threw at me.
I can report that my stomach held up to the challenge and all the fresh air blew away any cobwebs. Once you come to terms with being just a speck on the ocean with no land in sight you realise how dependant you are on my fellow sailors and the soundness of the yacht. The yacht performed beautifully and the crew are still my friends with closer bonds due to our adventure.
Many people had expressed horror at my willingness to go sailing; leaving dry land was never in their list of things to do. Although I am not an experienced sailor due to being landlocked in Kalgoorlie I loved the adventure into the unknown.
I am now tackling another unknown project developing software to help companies manage their mining tenements. It takes courage to head down a path which is not fully mapped but perhaps my new found sailing skills will help me keep a steady head and a calm stomach. Perhaps it is time to take the plunge and not just dip the toe.