[00:07.46]Indeed, your conception of failure might not be too far from,
[00:12.20]the average person's idea of success, so high have you already flown.
[00:20.01]Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure,
[00:25.23]but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria
[00:28.38]if you let it. So I think it fair to say that by any conventional measure,
[00:35.14]a mere seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale.
[00:42.11]An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless,
[00:47.30]a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.
[00:54.41]The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself,
[00:59.27]had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.
[01:07.28]Now, I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun.
[01:11.31]That period of my life was a dark one, and I had no idea that,
[01:15.33]there was going to be what the press has since represented as a kind of fairy tale resolution.
[01:22.27]I had no idea then how far the tunnel extended, and for a long time,
[01:27.27]any light at the end of it was a hope rather than a reality.