Failure is a checklist
Losing doesn’t feel good.
I don’t care how you spin it when you lose and you give a damn, it hurts.
Emotional pain is real.
The difference, though, and what distinguishes a leader from anything else, is the ability to take that failure and turn it into a teachable moment.
This idea goes against most of our instincts. It’s easier to blame others.
Use the failure as a checklist and “do the work” of figuring out just what went wrong and how did it happen.
The payoff? You’ll be much more efficient because the things that hurt you in the past will scab and toughen up, and you’ll be ready to fight something new.