Growing up playing baseball for over 15 years, I have had my fair share of failures. Even though I have experienced a multitude of these failures over time, I like to think that I was fairly successful in my career. When you think of it, the game is almost all failure. For example Mickey Mantle finished with a career batting average of .306 meaning he got out (or failed) almost 70% of the time. A Hall of Fame player, failed 70% of his career! It is pretty amazing to think about. This is just part of the game, and how you deal with the constant failure is what makes you, or unfortunately sometimes breaks you.
I like to think of recruitment in the same way. It is unrealistic to think that you are going to be able to find every candidate the home that they are looking for right away. It is just part of the job, and if you can deal with failure more graciously, then the success will feel that much better. How you handle success and failure in both recruitment and baseball is vital, never too high never too low.
It happens to everyone. All of this is part of the game and you just have to get used to it. No matter how hard you try, the game of baseball will always win. So you will always face adversity, but it is how you respond to it that makes the difference between good players and great ball players. Negative Thinking = Contagion