Not long ago, I called a friend of mine and posed the following question, “What is a valuable lesson you learned from failure?” Initially he struggled, saying it was difficult to come up with something when put on the spot. But soon the ideas began to flow, beginning with how he ruptured his Achilles tendon. He was participating in a sport and wasn’t wearing proper footwear. From this painful experience he learned the importance of stretching and the significance of having the appropriate apparel for a given activity. He went on to share lesson after lesson learned, and his list stretched from high school, to military service, to college, and even to the work he currently does as an orthodontist.