The fall never kills you.

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Falling Man

We work hard all our lives to accomplish our goals, earn recognition, and attain wealth. In our early years, we seldom recognize how our lives will evolve. We cannot predict the future, so we can only plan our futures based on the knowledge we have today.

If the year 2020 has taught us anything, it should have taught us that life is unpredictable. Enjoy it while you can.

I was having a discussion with a friend the other day. This gentleman has only known me for about five years. He did not know me when I was up and coming, or even when I was at the pinnacle of my career. I tried to describe to him that I was once a highly sought-after expert in my field, one of only a handful of people with my level of expertise.

At that time, I was a member of a team that traveled the world consulting on the conversion of telecommunications systems that are the foundation for today’s digital society. Technology that we take for granted today. It was my fifteen minutes of fame.

It suddenly dawned on me how long ago it was. Since that time, newer more powerful technology has supplanted much of the work that I believed would last for decades.

It is incredible how quickly time goes by. Sometimes you run so fast you forget what is behind you. I never noticed that I was coasting downhill.

I no longer work in that field, but I still have goals and aspirations. Maybe not as lofty or earth-shattering. Perhaps a bit more self-centered.

My life has slowed a lot since those early days. I probably spend more time playing tennis than I do working. But still, I am glad it is only slowing and has not come to a sudden stop.

A wise man once told me, “It isn’t the fall that kills you. It’s the sudden stop.”


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Comments (18)

Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Thanks for sharing your story.. your title caught my eye!  It reminded me of the Butch Cassidy movie... "ButI can't swim... dont worry, the fall will probablly kill ya!"  It's interesting the phases our lives go through.  Years ago when I was a professional golfer, my life hinged on whether a putt would drop.  :-). Kathy 

Oct 06, 2020 07:24 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Talk about pressure. One stroke could mean the difference between getting paid our not. I hope you still enjoy golf. Without the pressure.

Oct 06, 2020 07:36 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joseph love the headline and it pulled me in... now with that said having jumped out of Airplanes & Helicopters I agree a fall will not kill you:) Endre

Oct 06, 2020 10:37 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Never had the nerve to jump. I did go in a hot air balloon once. It was fun.

Oct 08, 2020 11:10 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Endre Barath, Jr. 

We loved to fly but could never figure out why someone would intentionally jump out of a perfectly good aircraft.

Oct 11, 2020 08:29 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

We might as well enjoy each day because we cannot live in the past and the future is not here yet. So, enjoy today, be it playing tennis or working.

Oct 07, 2020 04:24 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Nick.

Oct 08, 2020 11:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Joe... you've raised an interesting thought... something to ponder on. At the end of the day we can't live in the past or the future... we only have today.

Oct 07, 2020 05:50 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Changes are inevitable, especially as we age. Enjoying what we have is important.

Oct 08, 2020 11:15 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joseph- what a wonderful and very inspirational post!!!!  I'm at the point in my life where there is a lot of road in my rear view mirror but I'm still going forward. I too thought of what Kathy Schowe said about Butch Cassidy, 

Oct 07, 2020 11:49 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Kathy.

Oct 08, 2020 07:57 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

“It isn’t the fall that kills you. It’s the sudden stop.”  That's one of my favorite quotes, Joseph.  I often say it myself!

Oct 07, 2020 08:39 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Joseph, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Oct 07, 2020 08:40 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thank you, Myrl.

Oct 08, 2020 07:58 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello JOseph,  You are right the SUDDEN STOP, it has been a interesting year for all of us, but this happens.


Oct 08, 2020 12:09 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

I know. I once fell off a ladder. The fall was OK, but boy when I hit the ground. Ouch.

Oct 08, 2020 12:11 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Oct 10, 2020 06:25 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 - your title caught my interest.  Not really falling but just slowing down.  Nothing wrong with that.

Oct 11, 2020 05:21 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Just keep going.

Oct 12, 2020 12:24 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That's true about the fall and the sudden stop having different outcomes!

As for life, it does go quickly. I watched a TED talk this morning from an entrepreneur who didn't start his business until he was 66. And he's now rocking & rolling at 72. Who knows what is still to come!?

Oct 11, 2020 06:24 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

We only need to find new interests to keep us going. Learing is fun.

Oct 12, 2020 12:25 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Ha, I too was intrigued by your title. How wonderful that you are spending time playing tennis and enjoying life. I like a bit of slowing...

Oct 11, 2020 08:05 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Yeah, if I could only improve on my serve.

Oct 12, 2020 12:25 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

We have lived in a great century where everything is ever changing unlike our forefathers who kept a family business going over genertions.  I can't believe all the things I've done that were so important at that time but has totally evolved into something else. But I'm glad I was there for its beginnings, that was always the challenge, to make it work.  Now? Being an independent real estate broker is my challenge in a business that is going through huge changes. Who knows what it will lool like 10 years from now?

Oct 11, 2020 08:49 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Too many people are afraid of change. It is about managing change not avoiding it. Keep you mind open, the next few years could be so much fun.

Oct 12, 2020 12:28 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great information Joseph Domino 480-390-6011  and so true.  Make it a great day my friend!

Oct 11, 2020 02:09 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Rocky.

Oct 12, 2020 12:29 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! I was drawn in by your title..inspirational post! Thank you for sharing.

Oct 11, 2020 03:43 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Dorie.

Oct 12, 2020 12:35 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

The fall doesn't hurt is that sudden stop!  Good quote and thanks for sharing Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 

Oct 11, 2020 08:35 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

I remember a song from an old movie. "Falling seems like flying, for a little while."

Oct 12, 2020 12:37 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ha ha Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400  I heard that many times in my  career:)) Helicopters, planes, and even Jet planes to keep track of it... not that I was counting but at least nine or ten times:))Endre

Oct 11, 2020 09:18 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Glad you landed Ok.

Oct 12, 2020 12:35 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi, Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 - I do like that last line and it is so true.  Enjoy each and every day.  Live in the present. 

Oct 12, 2020 12:59 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thank You Sherry.

Oct 12, 2020 02:59 PM

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