March 27

Why Falling Forward Matters | WT #45


Why does “falling forward” matter? It matters because:

  • you were born for a reason,
  • you were born to be great, and
  • to form greatness in others.

Even when you fail, you must fall forward: be introspective, learn from the experience and apply the lesson moving forward. This ensures that you move toward what you were born to BE and DO. Otherwise, you’ll never make it to Great.

This is easy to say, right? Yes, especially after watching an inspiring movie or hearing someone else’s story of victory in the wake of adversity. But HOW do you do it?

First, you were already born with much of what you need to be great – the temperament, talents, and ability to connect with others.

And yet, something may still be missing: STRENGTH OF CHARACTER. You’re not born with this; you only build character in the small number of instances each day when you fail and choose to ‘fall forward’ towards what you were born to BE and DO—and endeavor to do better next time.

As your character strengthens, you’re more successful as a spouse, parent, business colleague, friend, and community member. You were born to be great as a human BEING while DOING what you were born to do ALL THE TIME — success or failure nothwithstanding.

About the author 

Darren Smith

Darren Smith is Co-Founder of the Authentic Leadership Institute. He is a native Texan and a graduate of Dallas Jesuit and Texas A&M University. Over the past 25 years, Darren has visited 35 countries and led 100 strategy programs. He and his wife have five children.


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