Have you ever been mocked? More than once? Repeatedly?
I was the second skinniest kid in my grade for years. Many people teased me relentlessly about my weight, or lack of weight. As a teenager I was 6'1 and 129 pounds with 3% body fat.
Later in life I started many businesses. The first several had modest or no monetary success. I learned much about failure. And more than anything I learned how to deal with the emotional bullies.
Years later I am 6'1 and 172 pounds, able to bench over 200 pounds and compete in Triathlons.
I am running my third successful, profitable business in the last 7 years.
A few days ago a friend told my wife that he has a tough time playing basketball with me because of my strength. Other large players have said the same thing. One guy is 180 pounds heavier than me and stands 4 inches taller but often bemoans my low-post strength when I defend him.
Occasionally I think of my past losses and the way I felt. I felt like a loser. I felt like there was no hope of getting better.
Losses should never be confused with being a loser. Worth is not a function of money, health or accomplishments. A person is great because of inner divinity, nothing more nothing less.
Of course, he later became one of the greatest winners ever.