Darren LaCroix gave an award winning speech where he addressed this issue in particular. Not only did he give an outstanding speech, he was willing to literally fall down in front of a live audience, just to show you that it’s okay if you fall, just don’t stay down.
Darren had a dream of becoming a sandwich shop owner. He successfully managed to start it and took a $60,000 debt and doubled it in 6 months. In a financial sense, he failed and fell flat on his face. However, he decided not to stay down and instead he learned the lesson so that he wouldn’t do it again.
We all have dreams and we all have excuses as to why we can’t reach them. We’ll say to ourselves that now’s not a good time but maybe when we’re thinner, or when we have more money, or when the kids get older, then we’ll pursue our dreams. But maybe, just maybe, our true reason is that we fear falling flat on our face and having people around us laugh at our attempts.
Remember the last time you fell. Did you hope no one noticed? Were you more concerned about what others thought of you than you were with your wounds? Did you stay down too long?
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? What would you do if instead of staying down on the ground you decided to get up and take the next step after the big ouch?
People will make fun of your first step. But those strangers are just obstacles in your way. We also have friends and family that love us and don’t want to see us fall on our faces. Everyone you encounter is just part of the process so just take in in stride and do something. It doesn’t have to be a big first step. And even if you fall, it’s the step after the ouch that counts. Use that fall as valuable negative information. Information that will help you figure out what will work and won’t.
When we get caught up in our fears and can’t move, we forget that if we lean forward and take a risk and fall on our face, when we get up we’ve still made progress.
So go ahead and fall, but fall forward.
To learn more about Darren LaCroix go here.
To watch the video on Youtube go here.