If you've never heard Conan O'Brien's 2011 Dartmouth Commencement Address stop everything and click here for 20 minutes of hilarity and wisdom.
A friend shared his speech with me earlier in the week and his message immediately hit home. As someone who's always been a bit of a perfectionist the idea of failing or facing disappointment is a scary one. But as Conan says,
"It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention."