I took this photo after a miss with my bow. The deer was well within my range, and my technique was just fine. So, what exactly happened? Commitment. Truthfully, a lack of commitment. This buck was a little one that I normally let walk, but he was "gimpy" and would not survive much longer. One side of my brain said to let the arrow fly thereby saving him what the coyotes will do BUT the other side was arguing that the effort (dragging and cleaning) was not worth the reward. Which argument won? You could say both did - an arrow flew and I did not have to invest time and effort afterwards - but the clear winner was lack of commitment. What a lesson as I paused to reflect and captured the moment of that amazing sunset. If you are not fully committed to a course of action, don't try to fake it. The resulting lack of success will tell everyone that your commitment was missing. Simply put, be all in or don't go in an all.
Think about that - same location but different experiences.
Leaders would do well to learn from this spot. Yes, failure is costly but does not have to be the end. Scars of that mistake remain - to be learned from - but have become a simple brush stroke of beauty within the frame. Embrace mistakes. Learn from them. Take the time to heal. Then step back and look at the masterpiece those mistakes helped forge.