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>> MY FIRST WAITRESSING JOB, I DROPPED A TRAY OF TEN ICED TEAS ON A LADY. >> I HAVE ALWAYS CONSIDERED MYSELF A KIND OF TYPICAL LOSER KID. >> I THINK ABOUT FAILING EVERY DAY. >> I DID FAIL AT CHEERLEADING. >> I WAS ALWAYS ON, LIKE, THE WORST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE. WE WOULD GO, LIKE, 0 AND 15. >> I STARTED SINGING MY SONGS, AND IT WENT ALL WRONG. >> I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY WERE REJECTING ME. >> I JUST TOTALLY BLANKED OUT, AND I STRUCK OUT, AND I STRUCK OUT EVERY SINGLE TIME THAT I WENT UP. >> I HAVE SUCCEEDED IN FRONT OF FIVE PEOPLE AND FAILED IN FRONT OF THOUSANDS. >> IT'S EASY TO WIN. WHEN FAILURE COMES ALONG, THAT'S WHEN YOU'RE REALLY CHALLENGED. >> male announcer: THIS IS NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE. ♪ NOW FROM NEW YORK, HERE IS LINDA ELLERBEE. >> Ellerbee: EVERY ONE OF US HAS FAILED AT SOMETHING, PROBABLY MORE THAN ONCE. AND IF YOU HAVEN'T, YOU WILL. THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO FAIL, BUT THE BIG QUESTION IS, "WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?" WHAT DO YOU WITH THAT FAILURE? HERE ARE STORIES OF FAILURE FROM KIDS AND SOME FAMOUS FORMER KIDS. WHILE YOU WATCH, ASK YOURSELF THIS: DOES FAILING MAKE YOU A FAILURE? >> IT'S SCARY TO FAIL. >> FAILURE MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I'M NOT GOOD ENOUGH. >> WHEN I FAIL, I FEEL EMPTY. >> YOU'RE JUST GOING LIKE, "OH, THIS ISN'T GOING WELL." >> IT DOES FEEL LIKE YOU'RE A LOSER, THAT YOU CAN NEVER MAKE IT. >> IT FEELS BAD. I MEAN, IT FEELS BAD. THAT'S HOW YOU KNOW IT'S A FAILURE. >> IT'S SAD TO SEE SOMEONE FAIL. IT'S SADDER TO BE THE PERSON IN LAST PLACE. >> IF I FAIL AT SOMETHING, I WORRY ABOUT IT ALL DAY. >> I THINK ABOUT FAILURE A LOT, AND I'M PRETTY SURE THAT GOES FOR MOST KIDS. >> MY BIGGEST FAILURE WAS THE YEAR I TRIED OUT FOR A BRAND-NEW SOCCER TEAM, AND I WASN'T TRYING MY HARDEST. WHEN THEY POSTED THE RESULTS, I WAS LOOKING FOR MYSELF ON THE "A" TEAM, AND THEN I READ MY NAME ON THE "B" TEAM, AND I FELT SORT OF DEPRESSED. I WAS SORT OF SHOCKED. >> A FEW YEARS AGO, I ASKED MY DAD IF I CAN BE ON A BASEBALL TEAM, AND MY DAD SUPPORTED ME. BUT ON MY FIRST GAME, I JUST TOTALLY BLANKED OUT, AND I STRUCK OUT, AND I STRUCK OUT EVERY SINGLE TIME THAT I WENT UP. AND IT WAS REALLY EMBARRASSING BECAUSE I THOUGHT I COULD IMPRESS MY COACHES AND SHOW SOME GIRL POWER, BUT IT DIDN'T WORK OUT. >> I WAS ALWAYS ON, LIKE, THE WORST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE. WE WOULD GO, LIKE, 0 AND 15, 0 AND 17. >> I COULDN'T KEEP UP WITH THE DRILLS THAT THE COACHES GAVE US AND WHAT THE OTHER PEOPLE WERE DOING, AND THEY WERE MAKING IT LOOK EASY, AND I WAS MAKING IT LOOK REALLY, REALLY CHALLENGING. >> I, TO THIS DAY, HOLD THE RECORD FOR WORST SINGLE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY. IN MY MIND, I WAS A SPECTACULAR OUTSIDE LINEBACKER. DIDN'T WORK THAT WAY IN NEW JERSEY. >> I GOT CUT FROM MY TEAM LAST YEAR, AND I FELT TERRIBLE 'CAUSE I FELT LIKE THIS IS THE ONE THING I FOCUS ON, AND I FELT LIKE ALL OF MY HARD WORK WAS JUST GONE. >> I USED TO BE A CHEERLEADER, AND I WAS SO EXCITED 'CAUSE MY TEAM FINALLY MADE IT TO NATIONALS. WE COMPLETELY BOMBED IT, SO I QUIT THE TEAM, AND I FELT LIKE I FAILED THEM. >> I WAS ON THIRD BASE, AND I WAS ABOUT TO RUN TO HOME, AND THE GIRL CAUGHT THE BALL, SO I TRIED TO SLIDE UNDER HER, AND I ENDED UP DOING A 360 AND FELL ON MY FACE. >> I WAS NOT GOOD AT ANY SPORTS. I WAS THE LAST ONE TO BE PICKED ON EVERY TEAM. IT WAS HORRIBLE. >> AS A KID, I WAS INCREDIBLY CLUMSY, AND I WAS VERY EMBARRASSED ABOUT HOW CLUMSY I WAS. AND NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRIED, I COULDN'T MAKE MYSELF GOOD AT SPORTS. I WAS RUNNING IN A RACE, AND I COULD SEE THESE GIRLS IN FRONT OF ME, AND I KNEW I WASN'T GOING TO WIN, SO I LET MYSELF FALL. [lively music] ♪ >> YOU KNOW, I THINK IN SNOWBOARDING, WE'RE OUT THERE EVERY WEEKEND PERFORMING, AND WHEN YOU COME UP SHORT, IT DEFINITELY FEELS LIKE YOU'RE FAILING. I'VE BEEN TO THREE OLYMPICS, AND I GOT A GOLD MEDAL IN 2002, AND I WENT TO GO AGAIN IN 2006. AND I TRAINED FOUR YEARS TO GO AND PERFORM AND HAVE ONE OPPORTUNITY TO DO MY BEST. AND IN MY LAST RUN IN FINALS, I WASN'T ABLE TO DO MY BEST, AND I DID CRASH THE LAST HIT, AND IT WAS EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING. BUT I THINK, IN A WEIRD WAY, HAVING FAILED, IT MADE ME REALLY APPRECIATE MY BRONZE MEDAL MAYBE EVEN MORE THAN MY GOLD MEDAL. >> MY FIRST TIME THAT I EXPERIENCED FAILURE WAS WHEN I WENT TO AN AUDITION UNPREPARED. THE ROLE WAS FOR A TEN-YEAR-OLD INDIAN GIRL WITH THE LONG, BLACK HAIR, THE DARK SKIN, BIG EYES, A BEAUTIFUL SMILE, AND I THOUGHT THAT I HAD THE CHANCE OF IT. BUT WHEN I ENTERED THE ROOM, I COMPLETELY FROZE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. >> I WOULD GO, AND I WOULD PRACTICE AT HOME AND BE REALLY LOUD AND DO MY BEST AND THEN BE LIKE--WHEN YOU ACT IT OUT AT HOME, AND YOU'RE LIKE, ♪ EVERYTHING'S COMING UP RO-- ♪ AND THEN WHEN YOU GET IN FRONT, WHEN IT'S TIME TO REALLY DO IT, AND IN YOUR BRAIN, YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING IT, BUT YOUR BODY IS GOING LIKE-- [singing indistinctly] >> THE FIRST TIME I EVER WENT OUT OF STATE WITH MY CHOIR, I DID NOT KNOW THE WORDS, AND I WAS LIKE, "WHAT AM I DOING UP HERE? I CAN'T--I DON'T KNOW THE WORDS. THEY NEED TO GET ME DOWN." I FELT SO EMBARRASSED. >> THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WHEN I CAN'T REMEMBER MY LINES. IT'S VERY EMBARRASSING. IT GETS MY HEART BEATING. I TURN RED. AND THEN IT'S LIKE THE MORE RED AND UPSET I GET ABOUT IT, THE LESS I REMEMBER THE LINE, SO THEN I'M MESSING UP MORE. YOU KNOW, SO THAT CAN BE UPSETTING AND DIFFICULT. >> MY BIGGEST FAILURE WAS AT AN AUDITION FOR A MUSICAL THEATER PLAY. I STARTED SINGING MY SONGS, AND IT WENT ALL WRONG. THE NOTES WERE SUPPOSED TO BE HIGH, AND I WENT LOW, AND THEN SOMETIMES, THEY COULDN'T HEAR ME. FELT LIKE I JUST WANTED TO BURST INTO TEARS AND RUN AWAY AND GO CRY. >> LAST YEAR, IN THE MIDDLE OF A BAND PERFORMANCE, I WAS PLAYING A PIECE OF MUSIC, AND I REALIZED I COULDN'T PLAY IT. SO I SAT THERE FEELING EMBARRASSED AND JUST PRETENDING TO PLAY THE NOTES, BUT I REALLY WASN'T PLAYING. >> I WOULD HAVE TO SAY BEING A STAND-UP COMIC, STEPPING ON THAT STAGE EVERY SINGLE NIGHT WAS A HUGE RISK. I REMEMBER BEING 15 YEARS OLD GOING UP IN FRONT OF NOTHING BUT ADULTS IN A COMEDY CLUB AND NOT BEING AS PREPARED AS I SHOULD HAVE BEEN. I GOT ON STAGE AND TRIED TO WING IT, AND I GOT BOOED OFF OF THE STAGE. AND I REMEMBER BEING BACKSTAGE, LIKE, CRYING. >> I'VE SUCCEEDED IN FRONT OF FIVE PEOPLE AND FAILED IN FRONT OF THOUSANDS. I DID A THING IN WASHINGTON, D.C. IT WAS 3,500 PEOPLE, AND I WAS NOT FUNNY AT ALL, AND YOU COULD HEAR EVERY DESSERT PLATE, AND YOU COULD HEAR EVERY FORK AND EVERY GLASS AND EVERY COMMENT. AND A PRIEST WENT UP AFTER AND WAS FUNNIER THAN I WAS. A PRIEST! >> I THINK FEAR OF FAILURE IS HUGE. I'M A REALLY BIG PERFECTIONIST, AND I FEEL LIKE IF I DON'T GET SOMETHING ABSOLUTELY PERFECT, THEN I SHOULDN'T HAVE EVEN BOTHERED. >> FEAR OF FAILURE DOES KEEP YOU FROM DOING THINGS. LIKE, IN CLASSES, I DON'T USUALLY ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS. I'M KIND OF, LIKE, WORRIED THAT IT MIGHT SOUND--COME OUT KIND OF STUPID. >> I'VE WANTED TO BE A COMEDIAN SINCE I WAS 11 YEARS OLD. BUT WHEN THE TIME CAME TO DO IT, I'M NOT SURE THAT I HAD EVER BEEN THAT NERVOUS, THAT AFRAID. I USED TO GET IN MY CAR AND LEAVE BEFORE MY NAME WAS CALLED BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID, AND I WAS AFRAID THEY WEREN'T GONNA LAUGH. >> FAILING CAN MAKE YOU AFRAID OF TRYING NEW THINGS. >> WHEN FEAR TAKES CONTROL, IT FEELS LIKE YOU'RE PARALYZED. >> I AM DEFINITELY AFRAID OF FAILURE STILL, EVEN THOUGH, YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT ALL THESE BEST-SELLING BOOKS OUT. I STILL, EVERY TIME I WRITE A BOOK, I'M AFRAID, "OH, NOBODY'S GONNA LIKE IT." >> SOME DAYS YOU FEEL LIKE, "I GOT THIS. I KNOW HOW TO DO THIS." AND THE OTHER DAYS, YOU FEEL LIKE A FRAUD, AND YOU FEEL LIKE, "EVERYONE'S GONNA FIGURE OUT THAT I DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW TO DO THIS." >> SOMETIMES, OTHER PEOPLE CAN MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE GONNA FAIL, AND SO YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. >> THERE'S A STORY ABOUT PEOPLE DIGGING FOR GOLD, AND THEN ROCK COMES, AND THEY QUIT. AND THEY DIG FOR GOLD AGAIN. THE ROCK COMES, AND THEY QUIT. THE NEXT GUY DIGS FOR GOLD. HE DIGS THROUGH THE ROCK AND HITS THE GOLD. THIS IS HOW LIFE IS, AND THIS IS THE EXPERIENCES THAT YOU'RE GONNA HAVE. YOU HAVE TO DIG THROUGH THE ROCK. >> IF YOU TAKE RISKS, YOU MIGHT FAIL, BUT IF YOU TAKE RISKS, YOU ALSO MIGHT SUCCEED, AND YOU NEVER KNOW IF YOU DON'T TRY. >> IF YOU'RE DOING IT RIGHT, RISK-TAKING MEANS MORE FAILURES AND MORE CHALLENGES, HOPEFULLY NOT THE "WRESTLING WITH A CROCODILE AND DYING" KIND OF RISK-TAKING AND FAILURE BUT MORE THE "LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES" KIND OF FAILURES. >> I WANTED TO TRY OUT FOR A FOOTBALL TEAM, BUT I WAS SCARED, AND I THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE GUYS FIVE TIMES MY SIZE THERE BIGGER THAN ME, STRONGER THAN ME, SO I DIDN'T TRY OUT. AND I WATCHED THE TRYOUTS LATER AFTER A GAME. THERE WERE GUYS THAT WERE MY AGE, MY SIZE, AND I COULD HAVE MADE THE TEAM. >> I DO THINK THAT BEING AFRAID OF FAILING IS WORSE THAN FAILING BECAUSE YOU'RE SO SCARED, YOU'RE NOT GONNA TRY AT ALL. >> I CONSTANTLY WORRY ABOUT FAILURE IN SCHOOL BECAUSE TO ME, IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. >> I JUST GOT A "D" IN SCIENCE. IT DIDN'T FEEL VERY GOOD BECAUSE NOW I HAVE TO GO TO SATURDAY SCHOOL. >> ALGEBRA, MATHEMATICS, AND ME: HUGE FAILURE. >> ONE TIME, I STUDIED FOR THIS GEOGRAPHY TEST. IT WAS THE FIRST ONE THAT I ACTUALLY STUDIED REALLY, REALLY, REALLY HARD FOR. AND I ENDED UP GETTING A "D" ON IT. AND EVERYONE ELSE WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW EASY IT WAS. >> WHEN I WAS IN FOURTH GRADE, I WAS FAILING AT READING, AND I FELT STUPID. I USED TO CRY THINKING, "I'M NOT AS GOOD AS EVERYONE ELSE." AND IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE A HUGE FAILURE. >> I WAS HOPELESS AT SCHOOL. I WOULD STAND AT THE BACK OF THE CLASS. I WOULD LOOK AT THE BLACKBOARD, AND I COULDN'T WORK OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON AT ALL. IT WAS ALL A MUMBO JUMBO TO ME. PEOPLE THOUGHT I WAS BASICALLY JUST THICK, AND THEY DIDN'T REALIZE THAT I ACTUALLY HAD SOMETHING CALLED DYSLEXIA, WHICH BASICALLY CAN AFFLICT PEOPLE AND SORT OF MUDDLES THINGS UP IN THEIR BRAIN. >> DYSLEXIA AND ADHD RUN IN MY FAMILY. IT TOOK ME A LONG TIME TO REALIZE THAT THOSE CONDITIONS REALLY AREN'T A WEAKNESS. THEY'RE A STRENGTH IF YOU LOOK AT IT THE RIGHT WAY. ONE OF THE REASONS I MADE MY MAIN CHARACTER IN THE LIGHTNING THIEF, PERCY JACKSON, HAVE ADHD AND DYSLEXIA IS BECAUSE I KNEW WHAT THAT FELT LIKE, AND I WANTED TO SHOW THEM THAT, REALLY, THOSE CONDITIONS CAN BE A MARK OF GREATNESS. BUT AT THE TIME, IT FEELS LIKE FAILURE. >> THERE WAS THIS ONE TEST WHERE I THOUGHT I HAD IT IN THE BAG. TURNS OUT I DIDN'T. WHEN I GOT MY TEST BACK, I WAS PRETTY SHOCKED. THE GRADE WAS A BIG FAT "F." >> I KNOW FROM MY STANDPOINT THAT AN "F" MEANT VERY UNHAPPY PARENTS. IT ALSO MEANT THAT MY RACING, WHICH I LOVED SO DEARLY, WOULD BE TAKEN AWAY. >> ONE OF MY BIGGEST FEARS IS FAILING IN LIFE, PERIOD. AND SO ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU DO IN SCHOOL NOW CARRIES ON THROUGHOUT THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. >> IF YOU DO BADLY ON YOUR TEST, AND THEN YOU GET BAD GRADES, AND THEN YOU DON'T DO WELL ON YOUR S.A.T.s, SO YOU HAVE TO GO TO, LIKE, CLOWN COLLEGE, AND IT'S JUST-- [laughs] >> I WORRY ABOUT FAILING IN FRIENDSHIPS BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE I CAN SLIP UP SOMETIMES, AND I'M AFRAID OF THAT HAPPENING. >> MY BEST FRIEND, SHE TOLD ME THE GUY SHE LIKED, AND THE NEXT DAY, I TOLD MY OTHER FRIEND. SHE GOT REALLY MAD AT ME, AND I KEPT TEXTING HER SAYING, "OH, I'M SO SORRY. CAN YOU FORGIVE ME? I'M SORRY. CAN YOU FORGIVE ME?" >> ONCE I WAS TALKING WITH ALL MY FRIENDS, AND ONE OF MY FRIENDS WASN'T THERE, SO I MADE FUN OF HOW SHE WALKED. I TOLD EVERYBODY, "OH, SHE WALKS LIKE A DUCK." [duck quacks] WHEN SHE CAME BACK, PEOPLE RETOLD HER THE JOKE, AND SHE THOUGHT IT WASN'T SO FUNNY. SO I FELT LIKE I FAILED HER AS A FRIEND. >> ONE OF MY BIGGEST FAILURES, MAYBE MY BIGGEST FAILURE, WAS LOSING MY COMPANY, A COMPANY THAT WAS CALLED FAMOUS AMOS COOKIE COMPANY. I LOST THE COMPANY BECAUSE I DIDN'T VALUE MY RELATIONSHIPS. I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIPS ARE IN EVERY PART OF LIFE. THE MORE FAMOUS I BECAME, THE MORE I JUST VERY SUDDENLY FORGOT THAT I NEEDED A LOT OF PEOPLE TO HELP ME, AND I FAILED. >> AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS BE THE MOST POPULAR GIRL AND TO HAVE THE MOST FRIENDS AND BE THE COOLEST. AND I TRIED MY HARDEST TO HANG OUT WITH ALL THE POPULAR PEOPLE AND REALLY TRY TO FIT IN WITH THEM. BUT THEY KIND OF REJECTED ME, AND I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY WERE REJECTING ME. AND I FELT LIKE A FAILURE BECAUSE IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WASN'T EVER ABLE TO FIT IN. >> THE FEELING OF FAILURE WHEN YOU'RE SHUNNED BY YOUR FRIENDS IS VERY HURTFUL BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, WHERE IS YOUR PLACE? WHO ARE YOUR FRIENDS? WILL I BE INVITED TO ANOTHER BIRTHDAY PARTY? I WAS FRIENDS WITH THIS GIRL NAMED LINDA, AND LINDA HAD A BIRTHDAY PARTY. WE PLAYED MUSICAL CHAIRS, AND ME, BEING TALLER AND HEAVIER THAN THE REST, YOU KNOW, WHEN THE MUSIC STARTS TO SPEED UP, YOU QUICKLY RUSH TO YOUR CHAIR. WELL, I RUSHED TO MY CHAIR, CRUSHED HER FINGERS. THE BIRTHDAY GIRL GOES CRYING TO HER MOTHER. I GOT SENT HOME. AND IT JUST-- I JUST REMEMBER KIND OF BEING ON THE OUTS WITH THE GANG AFTER THAT. >> IF YOU DON'T GO BY THE RULES THAT YOU SET OUT FOR YOURSELF, THEN YOU FAILED YOURSELF. >> LAST YEAR, I PROMISED MYSELF THAT I WAS GONNA RUN EVERY SINGLE DAY, AND I STARTED GETTING LAZY ABOUT IT, AND I STOPPED. IT MADE ME FEEL BAD IN THE END, EVEN THOUGH NOBODY ELSE CARED. I CARED. >> I WANT TO BE A WRITER, SO I TRY AND MAKE MYSELF WRITE A PAGE OR A PARAGRAPH OR TWO EVERY DAY, BUT WHEN I TRY TO WRITE, I JUST THINK, "OH, NO. I'M HUNGRY. I SHOULD GO EAT SOMETHING." OR, "OH, LOOK. THERE'S A BIRD OUT THERE." AND I GET REALLY DISTRACTED, AND I DON'T END UP WRITING. SO WHEN I DO THAT, I FEEL LIKE I FAILED MYSELF. >> SOMETIMES I DO FEEL LIKE I FAILED MYSELF BECAUSE I LOVE TO EAT JUNK FOOD, BUT IT'S REALLY BAD FOR ME. AND THEN I FEEL LIKE I'M GONNA END UP BECOMING OVERWEIGHT OR GET DIABETES FROM SO MUCH SUGAR. >> I'M GONNA EXERCISE A LOT AND GET REALLY STRONG. AND THEN YOU JUST GO TO BED AND FALL ASLEEP. >> WHEN I DON'T GET UP, I FEEL LIKE I FAILED MYSELF BECAUSE I TOOK THE EASY WAY OUT. >> WHEN YOU TAKE THE EASY WAY OUT, YOU NORMALLY DON'T DO AS WELL AS YOU HOPE TO BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT WORKING AS HARD. SO THIS YEAR, WHEN I DIDN'T PRACTICE MY FLUTE, I FELT LIKE I FAILED MYSELF IN THE FACT THAT I DIDN'T MEET MY EXPECTATIONS FOR MYSELF. >> Ellerbee: BASKETBALL GREAT MICHAEL JORDAN ONCE SAID, "I HAVE FAILED OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN MY LIFE, AND THAT IS WHY I SUCCEED," A GOOD EXAMPLE THAT FAILURE CAN BE SUCCESS, BUT ONLY IF YOU LEARN FROM IT. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM FAILING? >> FAILURE CAN DEFINITELY HELP YOU MOTIVATE YOURSELF. >> ONCE YOU FAIL ONCE, YOU HAVE THAT FEELING THAT, "I'M NOT GONNA FAIL AGAIN." >> IT'S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT FAILING THAT MAKES ME WANT TO GO HARDER AT SOMETHING. >> WHAT I LEARNED FROM FAILURE IS NOT LETTING IT STOP YOU. >> YOU HAVE TO GET UP AND EVENTUALLY TRY AGAIN. >> I LEARNED TO BE A BETTER TEAM PLAYER BY LOSING FAMOUS AMOS, AND SO MANY OTHER OPPORTUNITIES HAVE COME MY WAY SINCE THEN. AND I LOVE HENRY FORD'S QUOTE: "FAILURE IS NOT FAILURE BUT AN OPPORTUNITY TO BEGIN AGAIN MORE INTELLIGENTLY." >> THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO CONCENTRATE ON THE THINGS YOU'RE GOOD AT. SO BECAUSE I WAS BAD AT SCHOOLWORK, I ACTUALLY PUT MY ATTENTION TO STARTING A MAGAZINE. AND USING THE MAGAZINE, I STARTED FINDING MUSICIANS AND BUILDING A RECORD LABEL AND, FORTUNATELY, NOW HAVE GONE ON TO BUILD AIRLINES AND NOW SPACESHIP COMPANIES, SO ONE THING LED ON TO ANOTHER. >> I THINK THE BIGGEST THING THAT MY FAILURES HAVE TAUGHT ME IS THAT YOU CAN'T SUCCEED WITHOUT FAILING. >> I ALWAYS THINK BACK, LIKE, IF I WOULD HAVE LISTENED TO THAT FIRST THOUGHT TO STOP DOING STAND-UP AND THAT I WOULDN'T BE WHERE I AM TODAY. >> I BELIEVE YOU HAVE TO FAIL AT EVERYTHING TO SUCCEED AT IT. >> I THINK THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FAILING BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T PREPARE AND FAILING BECAUSE YOU TRIED HARD, AND IT DIDN'T JUST WORK OUT. AND I THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY, IF YOU PREPARED AND TRIED YOUR BEST, FAILING ISN'T THAT BAD. >> FAILURE'S NOTHING. WE ALL FAIL. YOU'RE JUDGED, YOU'RE MEASURED ON HOW YOU GET BACK UP. >> YOU LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES. LIKE FOR ME IN THE AUDITION, ONCE I WASN'T PREPARED, MY NEXT AUDITION, I WAS NOT ONLY 100% PREPARED, BUT I WAS 200% PREPARED, AND I GOT THE PART. >> WHAT I LEARNED FROM FAILING WAS NEXT TIME, LEARN THE WORDS. >> AFTER I FAILED IN BASKETBALL, I WAS MOTIVATED TO WORK EVEN HARDER. NOW I MADE IT ON TO ONE OF THE BEST EIGHTH GRADE BASKETBALL TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY. >> WHEN I FAILED IN MATH, THAT PUSHED ME TO WORK HARDER. >> I'VE LEARNED TO CONTROL WHAT I SAY. >> AT FIRST, IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE I WAS EVER GOING TO READ LIKE ANYONE ELSE IN FOURTH GRADE UNTIL FIFTH GRADE HAPPENED, AND I FOUND THE LIGHTNING THIEF. IT HELPED ME BECOME A BETTER READER. I CAN READ ALMOST AS WELL AS EVERYONE ELSE CAN. >> LAST YEAR, MY TEAM WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP, AND NOW THAT I LOOK BACK AT THE FIRST DAY THAT I STRUCK OUT, I JUST TILT MY HEAD BACK AND LAUGH AT IT. >> I DID FAIL AT CHEERLEADING, BUT IT KIND OF OPENED A NEW DOOR TO ME, WHICH IS SINGING, AND NOW IT'S MY TRUE PASSION. WHEN YOU FAIL, YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE A BIG LOSER AND YOU'RE WORTHLESS AND GOOD-FOR-NOTHING, BUT THAT ISN'T TRUE, BECAUSE YOU'VE JUST STUMBLED UPON AN OBSTACLE, BUT YOU'RE EVENTUALLY GONNA FIND A PLACE WHERE YOU BELONG. >> IT'S USUALLY ONLY YEARS LATER OR MONTHS LATER THAT YOU CAN SEE THAT SOMETHING GOOD HAS COME OUT OF IT. I KNOW I AM THE CLUMSY PERSON, AND NOW I'M ON TV PLAYING A CLUMSY PERSON, AND IT'S GREAT. >> WHEN I STARTED RUNNING CROSS-COUNTRY AND TRACK IN HIGH SCHOOL, LITERALLY EVERY RACE WAS A FAILURE. UNLESS YOU'RE WINNING THE RACE, YOU'RE FAILING. RUNNING HELPED ME LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH FAILURE, AND FAILURE IS A BIG PART OF THE INTERNET BUSINESS, AND WE KNEW LAUNCHING YOUTUBE, THE INITIAL VERSION WAS A FAILURE. BUT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH A SERVICE AND GET IT OUT THERE HOPEFULLY BEFORE ANYONE ELSE CATCHES ON TO WHAT YOU'RE DOING, AND THAT'S HOW WE STARTED YOUTUBE. >> I'M NOT AFRAID ANYMORE. I'M FEARLESS WHEN IT COMES TO ANYTHING THAT I DO. >> IF I HAD BEEN TOO AFRAID TO FAIL, I WOULD HAVE NEVER TRIED TO WRITE A PLAY, OR MAYBE I WOULD HAVE WRITTEN A PLAY, BUT I WOULDN'T HAVE LET OTHER PEOPLE SEE IT. YOU JUST CAN'T BE SO AFRAID OF FAILING THAT YOU'RE PARALYZED. >> IT TURNS OUT THAT I DON'T NEED TO BE POPULAR TO FEEL LIKE I'M IMPORTANT BECAUSE I HAVE SO MANY OTHER FRIENDS THAT ARE ACTUALLY GONNA BE THERE FOR ME, AND THEY MAKE ME FEEL LIKE I'M A SUCCESS. >> I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE AROUND, YOU KNOW, THE WORLD ARE LIVING THEIR LIVES BEING AFRAID OF FAILURE, AND I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST NEED TO TAKE A BREATH, ENJOY LIFE, AND ENJOY WHO THEY ARE. >> WHEN I STARTED MY MUSIC COMPANY, NOBODY WANTED TO BE INVOLVED IN HIP-HOP MUSIC, AND IT WAS A FAILURE FROM THE BEGINNING. IN OTHER WORDS, I WENT TO WORK. NO ONE LIKED IT. IT'S A FAILURE. I WORKED A LITTLE HARDER. STILL, ONLY A FEW PEOPLE LIKED IT. EVERYBODY SAID I WAS WASTING MY TIME, AND IT WAS A FAILURE. AND THEN I WENT TO WORK, AND ONE DAY, YOU KNOW, I GOT A RECORD DEAL. EVERYBODY SAID IT WAS GREAT, AND THEN RECORDS STOPPED SELLING, SO IT'S A FAILURE, YOU KNOW? BUT THE FOCUS, THE ONGOING PROCESS, JUST PROMOTED NOT ONLY HAPPINESS BUT A LONGER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE "SUCCESS." SO THE QUITTING THING, YOU KNOW, AND SAYING "OH, I'M A FAILURE. IT FAILED," YOU KNOW, THAT'S THE PROBLEM. YOU'RE NOT A FAILURE UNTIL YOU'RE DEAD. >> Ellerbee: THEY SAY THOMAS EDISON FAILED MORE THAN 1,000 TIMES BEFORE HE INVENTED THE LIGHTBULB, BUT WHEN ASKED ABOUT IT, HE ALLEGEDLY SAID, "I DIDN'T FAIL. I JUST LEARNED 9,000 WAYS NOT TO MAKE A LIGHTBULB." EDISON UNDERSTOOD THAT FAILURE IS AN EVENT, NOT A PERSON, AND IF YOU WOULD SUCCEED, ALL YOU REALLY MUST DO IS TO MAKE SURE YOUR DESIRE FOR SUCCESS CONTINUES TO BE GREATER THAN YOUR FEAR OF FAILURE. OR PUT ANOTHER WAY, YOU CAN BE VERY, VERY AFRAID AND STILL SUCCEED. I'M LINDA ELLERBEE.