Denzel Washington – Fall Forward – One of The Best Motivational Speech Ever

Denzel Washington – Fall Forward – One of The Best Motivational Speech Ever

October 15, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


Fall forward… this is what I mean… Reggie Jackson struck out 2600 times in his career… the most in the history of baseball… but you don’t hear about the strikes out…
People remember the home runs… Fall Forward… Thomas Edison conducted 1,000 failed experiments… Did you know that? I didn’t know that… because the 1,001 was the light bulb… Fall forward… Every failed experiment is one step closer to success… You’ve got to takes risks and I’m sure you’d probably heard that before… but I want to talk to you about why that’s damn so important… First… You will fail at some point in your life, accept it… You will lose, you will embarrass yourself, you will suffer at something… There’s no doubt about it… In the acting business, you fail all the time… Early on in my career… I auditioned for a part in a Broadway musical… The perfect world for me I thought… I’m in the wings, I’m about to go on stage… but the guy in front of me, he’s singing like… Pavarotti… He’s just… he’s just going on and on and on… so when I come out my little sheet music and… it was… just my imagination by the temptation, that’s what I came up with… So, I hand it to the accompanist and… she looks at it, and looks at me and looks at the director… and it was like… But the next part of the audition, he called me back… The next part of the audition is the acting part of the audition… and I’m like “Hey, okay, maybe I can’t sing but I know I can act… ” So they paired me with this guy and again I didn’t know about musical theater… In musical theater is big, so they can reach everyone all the way in the back of the stadium… and I’m more from a realistic, magicalistic kind of acting way you do… you know, you actually talk to the person next to you… I didn’t get the job… but here’s the thing… I didn’t quit… I didn’t fall back… I walked out of there to prepare for the next audition and the next audition… and the next audition… I prayed… I prayed… and I prayed… but I continued to fail… and fail and fail… but it didn’t matter because you know what?… There’s an old saying: You hang around the barber shop long enough, sooner or later you’re gonna get a haircut… So you will catch a break and I did catch a break… Last year… I did a play called “FENCES” on Broadway… I saw someone talking about it… I won the Tony Award… I kinda hadn’t had to sing by the way… but here’s the kicker… It was at the Court Theater… It was at the same theater that I failed that first audition… 30 years prior… The point is every graduate here today has the training and the talent to succeed… but do you have the guts to fail?… If you don’t fail… you’re not even trying… I’ll say it again… If you don’t fail you’re not even trying… My wife told me this great expression: “TO GET SOMETHING YOU NEVER HAD YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING YOU NEVER DID”… LES BROWN the motivational speaker who made an analogy about this … He says:
Imagine you’re in your death bed… and standing around your death bed… are the ghosts representing your unfulfilled potential… The ghost of the ideas you never acted on … the ghost of the talent you didn’t use… and they’re standing around your bed… angry, disappointed and upset… They say: “We came to you…” “because you could’ve brought us to live…” they say: “and now we have to go to the grave together…” so I ask you today… HOW MANY GHOST ARE GOING TO BE AROUND YOUR BED WHEN YOUR TIME COMES?…