The importance of falling forward

Who watched that terrible Super Bowl last night? That was such a one-sided event, it was embarrassing. Even the commercials were a let down.

I’m sure the Broncos stumbled away from that butt whooping with their pride significantly singed. Who wouldn’t, you get all the way to the big game and you leave your talent back on the bus.

Ah, the lessons in life of winning and losing. In every competition, there is a side that loses, right?

Well, the Broncos didn’t go home with the trophy, but what they could have learned was a valuable lesson–no matter how good you might be, you can always have a really bad day!

With failure comes lessons. For true Bronco fans, they will be there next year–trust me, I’m a Detroit Lions fan and I know how bad things can get for football. I’ve never stopped my support of my team. There will be those that hop on the bandwagon to celebrate with the Seahawks, who at one time were referred to as the No Hawks.

The thing is, when you fall, no matter how far or how hard, you get up, dust yourself off, evaluate what happened, and give it a go again.

Next week, heck, maybe even tomorrow, the Broncos will be sitting in front of game footage evaluating their mistakes and determining what went wrong.

The lesson in this is two fold:

1. When the going goes tough, do you abandon your team and ride the bandwagon to the winner’s side. Or do you stick by your team in thick and thin supporting them through their stumble?

2. When you fall, regardless of how hard, do you get up, dust yourself off, review the game footage, practice harder, and come out gunning next season?

Yes, even in football, one can find life’s little lessons.


About johnrknotts
John Knotts is a results-oriented business professional leader, manager, and supervisor with experience from the military, small business, several nonprofits, and is currently a management consultant. Working out of the San Antonio, Texas, he retired from the Air Force in July 2008 and worked with Booz Allen Hamilton from the end of October 2008 to December 2011. Now he is a Strategic Business Adviser with USAA. John leads large and small strategic transformations and has extensive experience in the areas of change management, strategic planning, process improvement, strategic communication and marketing, strategic human capital and resource management, education and training, facilitation, organizational design and development, modeling and simulation, financial and budget analysis, activity based costing and management, quality management, competitive sourcing and privatization, leadership development, and business development.

2 Responses to The importance of falling forward

  1. CJ Fontillas says:

    Speaking of taking life’s lessons from football, have you heard of Pete Carroll’s coaching philosophy/book: “Win Forever?” It’s a philosophy he formulated after being fired by the New England Patriots in 2000, which he then applied to his coaching gig at USC. There, he won two national championships, then applied it to a young Seahawks team, whom he was not only able to obtain total buy-in, but got them to practice it every day. And we saw how that turned out for them these past two years.

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