No one is perfect. Every person, even leaders, will make mistakes.

We can all shout “I’ve fallen!

Can you relate to that cry? The one where you know you’ve done something un-leader like?

Whether it’s a poor choice that cost your company a big deal or a slip-up in your marriage where you hurt your wife’s feelings, mistakes are made on a daily basis.

While we all fall the ending isn’t the same for everyone. Some leaders recover. Other leaders fall deeper into their mistake and never return.

What separates those who are restored and those who can’t seem to gain traction?

You’ve Fallen

I often think back to the commercial for LifeAlert. In the late 80’s and 90’s, there would be an advertisement with an old lady at the bottom of the stairs. She’d fallen and couldn’t get up.

In the fitness world people will tell you that you are what you eat.

We can grasp this concept in fitness. What goes into our bodies is what shapes our bodies and health.

However, in leadership, we struggle with the concept of what we consume, we become.

We’ve got to be aware of what we’re taking in. What we’re viewing. What we’re feeding our minds.

Each of these activities will put something into our minds and into our lives.

Whether we watch something that is good and uplifting or something that brings others down, the choice is often up to us.

Whether we listen to a positive message or bring destructive words into our thoughts, the choice is up to us.

We are constantly consuming media that will impact the way we live our lives.

No one really knows what Mad Max: Fury road is. Is it a sequel? Is it a prequel? Or is it a revisiting of the Mad Max tale?

I’m not sure and we haven’t gotten a good answer on this Mad Max question.

Leadership lessons and quotes from Mad Max: Fury Road

One thing I can tell you is that Mad Max: Fury Road is a darn good movie. Much better than I expected.

Having never watched the previous movies in the Mad Max series, I wasn’t sure what the movie was going to be other than a post-apocalyptic dystopia adventure ride.

And that it delivered upon.

From the get-go, Mad Max was action packed. And leadership-lesson packed.

Warning: There are Mad Max: Fury Road movie spoilers ahead.

Leadership Lessons From Mad Max: Fury Road

1. We change: Max Rockatansky was a cop before everything happened in this dystopian universe. He swore to uphold the law.

There are many things in life I wish I could do over. But I can’t.

The past is the past and there’s no changing it.

Your past is a powerful learning tool

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People will go so far as to say that we shouldn’t reflect on the past. It’s done and over with.

No use crying over spilled milk. Or so the saying goes.

The Wrong Attitude

From my experience, this is the wrong attitude to carry in life. Moving on from the past and never analyzing the past is a disaster waiting to happen.

There’s another saying:

Those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

My belief is this quote on the past is a better mantra to carry on in life.

Get rid of the wrong attitude on the past. Take a new view on the past.

In The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, inter-dimensional beings demanded the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything from a supercomputer specifically build for this purpose. Seven and a half million years later, the answer was returned: 42.

Looking at the answer, it’s meaningless. What does 42 represent? Why is 42 the answer to the ultimate question of life?

No one really knows.

While we might never know the real ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything, we do have other leadership questions that can be answered. And there’s real sources we can go to that will help us answer our tough questions.

It’s time to stop stewing over questions you can’t answer. Here’s the resources you may want to consult to have your questions answered.