Anecdotes, parables, fables
History says that this man failed in business and fell into bankruptcy in 1831. He was defeated for the legislature of 1832. His fiancée died in 1835. He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836. He was defeated in the election of 1836, and in the parliamentary elections of 1843, 1846, 1848 and 1855. Did not have success in their quest for the Vice Presidency in 1856 and in 1858 was defeated in the elections for the Senate.
This stubborn man was Abraham Lincoln elected President of United States in 1860.
The lesson is simple: it only fails when stops trying.