At the Shaolin Temple in China, a Buddhist warrior monk faces a test that will change the course of his life forever. The Monkey Going Up The Tree!
Sometimes User Research feels like being a Shaolin Monk, especially when it comes to trying to perform The Monkey Going Up The Tree!
We spend years learning our craft and never really stop learning. It's part of the job and something that makes us curious to actually perform User Research in the first place.
However, sometimes It can feel that most of our research efforts get lost in the noise of delivery, it can be very soul destroying at times. You have to be patient and celebrate the small wins.
On the other hand, It can also feel very elating when we get some new findings from a usability test or stumble on some user behaviours we didn't know about before.
Either way, being a User Researcher feels like being a Shaolin Monk, because we go through that same life long learning experience, perfecting our craft to achieve greatness.
We always strive to get to that apex of the tree like the monkey, rarely does it happen, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't at least try. It's what makes us better.