[00:05.37]Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential.
[00:11.03]I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was,
[00:16.02]and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.
[00:21.55]Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination，
[00:26.27]to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.
[00:30.59]I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realised,
[00:34.31]and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored,
[00:39.53]and I had an old typewriter and a big idea.
[00:43.48]And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
[00:50.28]You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable.
[00:57.10]It is impossible to live without failing at something,
[01:01.29]unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—
[01:06.21]in which case, you fail by default.
[01:11.01]Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations.
[01:15.59]Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way.
[01:20.19]I discovered that I had a strong will, and more discipline than I had suspected;
[01:25.47]I also found out that I had friends whose value was truly above the price of rubies.