Yet, unlike that crowd, we ghostwriters just can't get feeling good about failure. Instead, we brood. We blame ourselves. We fear we will never succeed again. We hide. All unnecessary, of course. All unhelpful. All definitely not in the spirit of the digital age when failure is assumed to be almost a component of success.
Can we ghostwriters change our mindset on failure? I haven't had much luck with that. Ghostwriters I know also continue to burn with shame about this or that client who cut them loose (10 years ago).
The best I have been able to come up with is becoming more intuitive about who I shouldn't be taking on as a client. And now I do just that. I also get out faster from situations which I have a hunch aren't going to turn around. In addition, I bounce back stronger after a mauling.
Will I ever be able to shrug at failure? Not a chance. Writers are wired for suffering. We love it.