Freelancing: Sometimes you'll lose

Sometimes you'll lose. It sucks. It tastes bitter, like a mouth full of citrus pith. Sometimes it will especially suck because you know it was your fault. Even if you look back and see there wasn't much way to change it, it's still there. It's on you.

So you eat it. Get some rest, and give it a go again the next day. Learn from your mistakes. Do better. It's all you really can do.

This advice is much harder to live than it is to give.