Failure is a part of success. One of the most successful people I know is the former congressman, Bob McEwen, from Ohio. While in Congress, he served his constituents well and was positioned to become a major leader in the House of Representatives. When the boundaries of his congressional district changed, however, he lost his seat by a mere 2 percent of the vote. For an elected official, that his failure. Although failure is always emotionally depleting, the way this man worked through his situation was an example of growth through defeat. His demeanor, honesty regarding the struggle, faith in God and attitude have made him more a man of success than ever before.
Likewise, great teams do not view failures as terminal outcomes, nor as paralyzing the defeat, but as part of God’s refining process. Failure represents a lesson that may facilitate a better future performance by the team. You would be hard pressed to find any team of influence that has not suffered serious setbacks along its path to influence.” (Leaders on Leadership, George Barna, pages 225-226)