Recently my husband told a college athlete, "It doesn't matter if you win or lose."
Before Tim could finish, the athlete (who shall remain nameless) turned back and said, "It does matter." Then he smiled at us.
I've thought about that all day. He's right. You work hard, practice, sacrifice other activities and devote money to your sport, art, writing, or whatever your project is. You do want to win.
Losing leads to reflection. What could I have done differently to achieve a better outcome? So if we take time to learn from our losses, then it does matter.
I plan to keep working hard on writing and hopefully my hard work will pay off too.
I hope you all have a great week!