Not failure, but low aim, is crime. (James Russell Lowell, 19th century editor and diplomat)
We may look at a business that has closed as a failure; someone must be blamed for not keeping the enterprise going. The lessons learned from the lack of success in keeping the work afloat may be of far more value than if the work had struggled on into the future. Perhaps the goal was too high; but as Lowell says, that’s no crime. Keep working to attain higher goals.
But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me (Philippians 3:12).