Success and failure are not measured by how you fall, but rather by how you pick yourself up.
Here is a video that shows that beautifully.
Heather Dorniden was competing in a 600-meter race at the 2008 Big Ten Indoor Track Championships. There was about 200 meters of the race to go when Dorniden tripped, landing hard on her face.
Instead of giving-up, she got up and continued the race.
(The fall happens around 1:10 into the video.)
"That last 50 meters, I hit a gear that I never knew I had," Dorniden said. Incredibly, she managed to close the gap and finish first.
It is an inspiring show of perseverance.