5. The fear of failure never really goes away
Failure is scary, but the fear of not trying was always more intimidating for Ferrell.
"Yes, I was afraid. You're never not afraid," says Ferrell. "I'm still afraid.
"I was afraid to write this speech. And now, I'm just realizing how many people are watching me right now, and it's scary. Can you please look away while I deliver the rest of the speech?" jokes Farrell.
"But my fear of failure never approached in magnitude my fear of what if. What if I never tried at all?"
6. There's more to success than fame and money
"Now one may look at me as having great success, which I have in the strictest sense of the word — and don't get me wrong, I love what I do and I feel so fortunate to get to entertain people.
"But to me, my definition of success is my 16-and-a-half-year marriage to my beautiful and talented wife, Vivica," says Ferrell. "Success are my three amazing sons, Magnus, 13, Matthias, 10 and Axel age 7. Right there, stand up guys, take a bow, there you go."
Also, the comedian points to his involvement with the charity that gives scholarships to cancer survivors, Cancer for College, as evidence that he has had a successful life.
"No matter how cliché it may sound, you will never truly be successful until you learn to give beyond yourself. Empathy and kindness are the true signs of emotional intelligence," says Ferrell.
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