On Falling and Flying


It strikes me that people in business are afraid to fall. “We’ve been doing it this way all along, and even though the results are diminishing, we’re just going to keep doing this.” You’ve heard this, right?

I have fallen quite often in life. I intend to do so many times over. Falling is the only way to learn how to fly. Want to walk before you fly? “Walking is a series of controlled falls.” – Stephen Wright, comedian.

The recurring answer to “how do you do it?” is actually quite drab. “I just start somewhere.” This answer is the sparrow of answers, the tofu, the ground beef.

But in there, snuck into the recipe, is the falling. For every success, several failures, or at least stumbles. For every launch, a faceplant.

This is how it’s done. You stand up. You take a breath. You step forward. What happens next is binary: either you fall or you do not. When you fall, you feel those sensations related to it (mostly bad things and negative things), and then you move forward.

What does any of this have to do with business communications? Everything. There are no blueprints. We are all making them up. We will fall. But then, we will fly.

And flying, friends, is a beautiful thing. No?

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  • http://www.cashadvance.com.au/ Kie"cash instant approval"Che

    Thanks for the wonderful encouraging article. You are right about what you wrote about falling and moving forward. That’s life and if you keep on staying down you’ll never get to where your heading.

  • http://nudgeme.co.uk/ nudgeme

    Love your point that there are no blueprints … accepting that falls are part and parcel of flying makes it much easier to just start without all the usual procrastination and fear associated with failure … and if you think along the lines that there is 'no failure only feedback', falling can take on a whole new meaning.

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  • http://realsmartnow.net/ Andrew Lightheart @alightheart

    So glad you've written this, Chris. I'm redesigning my business so it's wider and not for such a tightly controlled target market (sorry Michael Port) and felt like a bit of a failure.

    Like I'm meant to a) know exactly what business I should be in from the beginning and b) not react to changing market conditions.

    Nice to be reminded that I'm actually being effective… (or not).

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  • http://www.fibervibe.com/verizonfios_packages.php Hannah's Haven

    Great post. I really believed in this one…and if I could share with you a great book that speaks of failing and succeeding its “DARE to FAIL”…in here it says, there's no such thing as failure…the word is “Giving-up” … and I'm a firm believer of that…

  • owenmarcus

    I too have fallen many of times. I am learning to be like a cat, I am learning to land on my feet ready for the next move.

  • owenmarcus

    I too have fallen many of times. I am learning to be like a cat, I am learning to land on my feet ready for the next move.

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