I heard a quote the other day, that without failure you can’t have success. While I didn’t like that initially, the thought grew on me. I think as writers that most of us do fail–to sell that very first book, to not win that very first contest, to not get that agent we so desired. I’ve learned more from failure than I have from success. And it is hard for me to accept that I don’t do something ‘perfect’ the first time. So hard that it has kept me from progressing forward.
Failure also has a way of keeping us humble. Success without some failure isn’t as appreciated. At least, that’s my way of thinking.