If you have not heard by now about some of the things that happened at this year’s Oscars, Jennifer Lawrence fell while walking up the stairs to receive her Oscar. It’s something most will remember, maybe more than the movie she received the Oscar for.
How embarrassing is it to fall on the way to receive an honor? We all think of that as a “most embarrassing” moment. We think how the cameras were rolling, the world was watching as she was about to have one of the most memorable in her career. She falls on the way up the steps, but then quickly makes fun of it saying, “You are all applauding me falling on the stairs.”
Did you think of the ways she could keep that from ever happening again? I thought about this, how many different ways a person could avoid this very thing. If she slipped on her dress she could wear a shorter dress. If it was he shoes, she could wear different shoes. If she was nervous, she could practice being calm before she takes steps again.
Now let’s talk of foolish things she could do to keep this from happening again. She could never walk up stairs again in her life. That would prevent this happening, but would limit her. She could decide that it was the movie’s fault. If she had never had a part in the movie, she never would have gotten the honor and wouldn’t subsequently have fallen. So the solution would be to never act in another movie and that would keep a fall like that from happening again.
Yes, I know how foolish these ideas sound but think about it; that is a solution to stop her from falling, and it would stop her from ever falling on the Oscars stage again, right?
While everyone just thought of how stupid the idea was, most people will do exactly that in life and business. They will fall, and decide never to take the stairs again. It will cripple their business; it will limit their life. They will end up never improving the world, just surviving in it.
Many people will fail in a business idea, they will fail after taking a risk and having it not work out. They will make choices that will make their businesses smaller. Customers and clients will leave, then they will not take the actions needed to find new clients. They will fail and build a set of habits that will only bring other failures.
We all get hurt in life and in business; we fail, we hit the wall, we stumble and fall. Recently my daughter fell and hurt her leg. She wore a brace and took out a set of crutches to make a trip she had planned. Yes, she was not able to travel as easily as she did normally, but she was still able to travel; she just had a few restrictions.
If you want to build success, if you want to change the world and make history, you are going to have to take actions that will result in a few falls. You will get hurt along the way. If you do not get back up, learn from it, make changes in what you were doing, your business, your life, and your world will get smaller.
Never forget, Thomas Edison failed over 10,000 times just in making the light bulb. But got back up and learned, claiming that he found 10,000 ways that did not work. It’s time for you to make history, to change the world. But to make that change, you have to take action, fall down every now and then. Get back up work with what you learned. That is how success is built, that is how the world changes and history is made.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, find what you love to do and become highly profitable doing it. Are you ready to make changes to rock your 2013?