I’m reading the book, Art and Fear (Bayles and Orland). The above quote really struck me as a valuable take-away.
The notion that when we fall short, we should just drive on until we succeed – it’s incomplete. In the context of art, the authors point out that not only should we persevere and learn from our mistakes, but that the imperfections are CRUCIAL to the success of the finished piece. And since life is a kind of art, those little failures are a necessary part of our ultimate success.