For some people, failure is spectacular and public. For others, it's just falling short of expectations — in their careers or personal lives.
But you won't find many examples of either type among the guest speaker announcements of college bulletins. Instead, you'll find a parade of winners — titans of the arts and commerce and politics, many of them alumni, returned triumphantly to campus to inspire the next generation (and, implicitly, to demonstrate to customers the college is worth up to $50,000 a year).
They may well talk about past failures on their eventual path to success.
But rarely is the podium held by someone who just failed.