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Megan McArdle

Does Mitt Romney Know When to Quit?

If Mitt Romney runs for president a third time, he had better study the lessons of his previous failures carefully.
If at first, or second, or third ... anyway, just keep trying.

If at first, or second, or third ... anyway, just keep trying.

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The other night, on "The Hugh Hewitt Show," I was asked what writing a book on failure told me about Mitt Romney's decision to possibly run for president a third time. I answered that what it told me is that Romney had better study the lessons of his previous failures carefully.

One of the most common comments I got while I was on book tour was "Sure, failure's great for people who go on to success, but what about the people who don't? By looking at the people who ultimately triumphed, aren't you ignoring the fact that failure often just sucks? Most disasters are not the precursor to the iPod; they're just miserable."