DRT: Do you think failure is a good thing?
DM: I think failure is a necessary thing — I don’t know if it’s necessarily a good thing, because it hurts so much, and it is so painful to go through. But I think it’s critical in understanding yourself, I think it’s critical in being able to defend an idea, I think that it’s ultimately something that can change your life in a very, very positive way — as long as you persevere… If you can learn from your failures and your rejections … it can really make the journey a lot reacher and a lot more meaningful. It also requires you to do better work … it forces you to up your game.
DRT: But how do you know that there’s gold at the end of the rainbow?
DM: You don’t — it’s a crapshoot. But I also think you make your own gold. I don’t know that you find gold — I think you make gold. There’s a really big difference. People that fail looking to find something maybe just aren’t looking in the right place — which is within themselves. If you are looking to make gold, then you can continue to involve yourself in that effort until the gold is manifested.