Gene, this is a great post. I’ve written one that was similar, but your was better because you gave us examples we can all relate to.
I am a huge failure. I started an internet store, poured huge amounts of time and effort into it, it went nowhere and I lost, big time.
I am still learning from that experience, and trying to work out where to go next. The only comfort I have, and it is actually a big comfort, is that the only way is up. Thanks for showing me that others made it, so I can think of specifics when I really get down.