A friend told me about seeing Darren LaCroix speak at a business seminar a few years ago.

As he took the stage, he tripped and fell flat on his face. The crowd fell silent, except for a few who couldn’t resist the urge to laugh.

LaCroix didn’t get up; he just stayed there, sprawled out on the stage.

And then, after a very long pause, he began his speech, still laying on the floor. He stayed there, talking to the audience for a full five minutes.

Finally, he jumped to his feet and asked the audience, “Did I let my fall ruin my chance to make a good speech today? Did I stay down too long? Maybe I did and maybe I didn’t. The real question is: How long do you stay down whenever you fall?