DWAYNE JOHNSON: WHAT DO YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU DIDN'T NOW IN YOUR 20s or 30s?
Star of the upcoming "G.I. Joe" and formerly The Rock
"What I know now is there is such great value in failing. When I was younger, I thought, 'I absolutely can't fail! Can't do that! Can't fail or else! What will I do if I fail? It will be the end of the world.'
"With age, I've learned that it's good to have your back against the wall and have things come crashing down. That's when you learn your life lessons - and when you learn what you're made of which is often much more than you even know.
"I remember failing early in my career. I had no money. In fact, things were so bleak that one day I was driving past a dumpster and saw a used mattress leaning against it. Someone was throwing the thing out. I was so poor that I drove up, loaded it in my truck, and it became my new bed.
"I didn't understand until I got older how important it was to feel like I was failing. What I learned is not to let the failure define you.
"Your failures are you big key moments in life. Yes, I became depressed for a moment. I became sad. I felt like a frustrated jock. Maybe all guys are frustrated jocks who feel like we didn't make it!
"What I know now that I didn't know in my 20s is that I understand that I'm going to trip up. I will fall. I will get back up again. And I will learn from it.
"Then, and only then, I will go forward."
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