That’s hitting the nail on the head. I know failing is part of the process to do things better next time, but I hate looking like I’m failing or failed. I hate it so bad that inevitably I push too hard and fast next time to try and take attention off my failures which leads the high possibility of failure all over again. Sometimes after failing I really have to remind myself to step back, analyze what went wrong and figure out how to fix it. Does it leave me exposed, vulnerable out in the open? Yes, very much so. Do people take as many cheap shots at me as they can while I’m down? Definitely. But maybe this time I’ll rise above them and soon be looking at them in the rear view mirror.