I didn't really fail at anything in my life until I was about 22. I don't really count what happened before I was about 14, but from 14 to 22 I was good at pretty much everything I put my mind to. And then in my 20's I starting failing, over and over again. Businesses, relationships, businesses again, creative projects gone awry. Pretty much everything I started turned into a massive failure. I began to think that I myself was a failure. It took me a lot of years to realize that reality couldn't be further from the truth. There was a simple quote I read somewhere that put it in perspective. I know it sounds ridiculous that one quote could help me put it all in perspective, but hey sometimes that actually happens! It went something like this: The higher your goals, the more likely you are to fail. And that's when it hit me. I haven't been failing because I'm a failure. I've been failing because I dare greatly. I didn't just try and start a company, I tried to raise $2 million at the age of 24. I didn't just try and start a hostel, I wanted to start a business that was a deep expression of inner self, as well as a model we could replicate in dozens of locations across the country and world. And the latest failure? I didn't just want to run a marathon, I wanted to run 50 miles through mountains for a whopping total of 11,000 vertical feet. The grueling training eventually did so much damage to my ankle that I had to stop training. And this time I don't feel so bad. Because this time I realize I failed, not because I gave up, I failed because I dared so greatly that success was nearly impossible. Does that mean I won't try again? Hell no. I'm always going to dream big and go for it. And if I do fail? Well, I now see that as a marker of success. A sign that I'm not living any little uninspired life. I'm living big and bold and along the way there's bound to be some serious bruises!