"Remember you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat. But there is, in this case, always tomorrow — after you have done your best to achieve success today."
1899 - 1975
One of the most valuable things I learned from playing sports as a kid is that you don't win them all. There will be days you go home dejected because your team lost. And you learn to bounce back and keep going. One loss does not make a loser. Professional baseball teams play 162 games a year and there is yet to be a team that loses every game. Even the worst of teams win some games. And the worst record goes to the Cleveland Spiders who in 1899 won 20 games and lost 134. Sports has taught me to hold my head high because there is always tomorrow or next year.
As writers, not everyone of our novels, or stories or poems are going to be a bestseller or even get published. As artists, not every painting will sell. Sometimes the work we love will be a flop in the marketplace. That does not mean we should give up. We need to pick ourselves up, dust off our pants and take another swing. The next at bat may be a home run.