"Congratulations poured in. If texts, calls, Facebook posts, and “likes” were dollars, I may make rent next month. I think people genuinely recognize that although my goal was not accomplished, a lot of work still went into this effort. That doesn’t make the result any more or less disappointing though. It’s a sobering thing realizing you weren’t as good as you thought. The notion that maybe you aren’t even good enough to be disappointed with a particular result becomes a thought with the grappling ability of a mixed martial arts master."