OK, Jason. Failure is overrated.
The lessons learned from doing well give you a better chance at continuing your success. (Jason Fried, signalvsnoise.com)
But winning is too.
Sometimes you have no other option that losing. Your competition is far stronger than you. You are an amateur playing against a professional. You are in bad shape this season or in a wrong mood today. Or you don’t have enough experience… yet.
You are going to lose. But you won’t get shaper, nor stronger, you won’t reach pro level, nor acquire enough experience just by quitting.
Sometimes you just need to lose, and losing while making your best effort is far better than winning by default.