Just about everybody hates losing. Just about everybody really hates losing and knowing it was a genuine, earned defeat, and that the outcome didn’t just come down to a lucky bounce at the last second. Just about everybody really, really hates losing and realizing all too late that they ignored warnings, misjudged key criteria, made the wrong decisions, and didn’t see the oncoming brick wall until it was too late. One of the hardest ideas to confront in life is that we failed when our destiny was in our own hands. It is much, much easier to hunt for scapegoats.
This article appears as “Own the Defeat” in the November 30, 2020, print edition of National Review.
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