Neil Gaiman has never given a word of bad advice. Or if he has, I've never heard it.
True! I started this blog last year after seeing him give that piece of advice. I wrote everyday for 15 minutes for an entire 365 days. 110,000 words late, I've seen a huge improvement in my writing, and now I have all these neat little scraps that I can work into bigger pieces. I'm trying to do the same thing with art this year.
About failures, especially the big ones, just about every time there are plenty warning signs ahead of time which will allow you to adjust course and avoid them. Life is a fluid ever changing situation, get used to adjusting as things happen, and you'll be fine.
One thing that always gave me a good dose of a peace of mind is that whatever happens, I feel confident I can do my best to find a way to adjust and 'end up on top' so to speak. Especially in my 20's. I kept saying... I don't know the answers right now, but I'll figure them out by the time I need them... and almost always there's a chance to adjust course.
Yes. This is what I've been told. I don't know if it's true but I figure that in our modern age, true failure is sort of hard. You might not fulfill your dreams, or you might work a crappy job, but its' not like caveman days where failure could get you killed.