Dilbert creator on luck and failure
I enjoy the writing of Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert cartoons. He's got an article in the Wall Street Journal that was almost certainly given its title by an editor: Scott Adams' Secret of Success: Failure
You see, I don't think this story is about failure, I think it's about luck. Adams even spells this out:
If you drill down on any success story, you always discover that luck was a huge part of it. You can't control luck, but you can move from a game with bad odds to one with better odds. You can make it easier for luck to find you. The most useful thing you can do is stay in the game. If your current get-rich project fails, take what you learned and try something else. Keep repeating until something lucky happens. The universe has plenty of luck to go around; you just need to keep your hand raised until it's your turn. It helps to see failure as a road and not a wall.
The flip side of this is perserverance. It's not quite like buying lots of lottery tickets, but you get the idea.